Wildfire in Lake Meredith Area Update

Several places in and around the Lake Meredith area have been evacuated, following a grass fire.

Officials say the fire started around 4:00 p.m. on May 11 and quickly spread out of control.

So far residents in the Harbor Bay Area, Sanford Estates and Vincent Development have been evacuated. 

Fire officials tell us an estimated 75 homes have been affected at this point.

Evacuees are being taken to either the Celebration Family Church or to Fritch High School.

The most recent evacuation is the town of Sanford.

Some residents located north of LaSalle Street and that vicinity have been asked to evacuate.

Areas south of LaSalle Street have not been evacuated. 

Residents are being directed to the Borger Aluminum Dome.

The High Plains Animal Hospital in Borger has offered their facility to house pets/animals affected by the wildfire. 

There is no news yet on any injuries, but we do know that several homes and other structures were caught in the fire.

We talked with an evacuee as he waited for news on his home

Monty Zollars tells us, "every time I see black smoke I don't know if it's mine or not.  I would hope that everybody would say a prayer for us.  We've got a lot of homes and families, and we're going to need some help. "

Fire crews from all around the high plains and the state were called in to assist with the situation.

In fact, a declaration of disaster was issued because of the wildfire.

Officials say the city of Fritch is not in danger at this point.

The Red Cross is on scene at evacuation sites to provide aid.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Highway 136 between Fritch and Amarillo, and Highway 687 have been closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles.

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