Large fire burning in Hutchinson Co.

Published: Feb. 19, 2016 at 11:05 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2016 at 8:12 PM CST
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UPDATE: (3:10 p.m.) The Texas A&M Forest Service said the fire is now 100 percent contained. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


HUTCHINSON CO., TEXAS (KFDA) - A large grass fire burning near Sanford is now 70% contained, according to Texas A&M Forest Service.

As of 8:00 p.m. Friday evening, officials say 125 acres have been destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The fire began around 5:00 p.m. near F.M. 1319 and Ranch Rd. 687. Emergency personnel are still urging drivers to avoid the area as firefighters remain on scene.

Homeowners inside the affected region were advised to report to the Lake Meredith Fire Cache while Ranch Rd. 687 was closed for a portion of Friday evening. The road is now open. Luke Kanclerz, a spokesperson for Texas A&M Forest Service, said 14 homes were threatened by the fire but none were damaged.

Multiple fire departments from across the region responded to the fire, including Borger, Stinnett, Fritch, Crutch Ranch, and Big Creek. Hutchinson County LEPC remains on the scene Friday evening.

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