LATEST: Hutchinson County Fire

- UPDATE 10:44 P.M. 5/13/14 -- Firefighters continue to make progress on this fire.

The Texas A&M Forest Service is now reporting that the fire is 85% contained.

All affected residents will be allowed back into their homes tomorrow morning, Wednesday, starting at 10:00, but will need to provide proper identification.
UPDATE 4 P.M. 5/13/14 -- The fire is more contained at this point.

The Texas A&M Forest Service says the overall fire is 75-percent contained.

156 structures have been destroyed in the fire.

The burned acreage is still at more than 2,583.

Many evacuees have gotten to look at a list of damaged properties.
FRITCH -- Fire crews in Hutchinson county continue to fight a fatal fire, that has burned more than 2,500 acres, and destroyed 156 structures and homes.

All roads into affected areas remain closed, while firefighters work to gain full containment and all evacuees have to wait until tomorrow to go home.
Troy Ducheneaux, with the Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Coordinator said "Get to those residences that have been involved and have been on fire taken care of where it's not going to create another fire hazard. Then certainly we'll open those up."

75 to 100 residents showed up at the City Hall Annex for updates on the fire, with many residents evacuated during the event many aren't sure they have a home to return to.

Fritch Resident Jim Slaton "Sometimes the greater need is to deny them access... Just simply for their safety."

In the North Double Diamond Addition Jim Slaton stayed longer than he should have with the fire burning right between his house and others.

Slaton said, "You know trying to keep the fire from structures it take a lot of work. These guys from Lefors and Skellytown, and Hutchinson county and Potter county that were all stationed here, did an excellent job keeping these structures intact."

Jim also did a little firefighting of his own, watering down his neighbors yards to keep the flames at bay.

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