#AirportFire in Hutchinson County 60% Contained; Estimated 1000 Acres


UPDATE 5:28 P.M.:

At last, checked Texas A&M Forest Service say it’s burned about 1,000 acres and is 60% contained. 

Fire officials used an aircraft to size up the fire this afternoon.

Texas A&M Forest Service says last night burn out operations was used to protect structures from the fire.

UPDATE 12:28 P.M.: 

The evacuation order has been lifted for the city of Borger, according to Brandon Strope, Borger PIO. 

This information from the City of Borger / Hutchinson County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page: 

The evacuation order has been lifted for the area north of Carolina to include Bunton/Arline/Riley/Veta streets due to the wild fire. Smoke will remain to be in this area. Fire crews will remain on scene monitoring the fire perimeter. The Johnson Youth Center will be closing; residents will be allowed to return to their homes. We would like to thank the community for their support and the emergency responders for their service.

UPDATE 11: 29 P.M.: 

Borger’s Public Information Officer tells us the wind changed, stoking the fire, once again. 

Crews are working to backburn the fire before the winds kick back up as a cold front moves in at around three or four in the morning, according to Borger PIO Brandon Strope. 

Another new development at this hour; the city’s animal shelters are open for residents to drop off their pets if their owners have been evacuated.

Strope says because of the lack of sunlight, crews are unable to use aerial tankers to stop the fire. 

Strope tells our crew at the scene the fire has gotten larger because of the backburning operations which are happening, to keep the fire from approaching homes. 

No structures have burned at this time, and no injuries have been reported. 

Strope says they are hoping to allow people back into their homes in about an hour.

UPDATE 10:25 P.M.:

According to Brandon Strope, the City of Borger PIO, the fire is currently in an area with rough terrain, and the cannot get equipment in to fight the fire.He said that are continuing burnout operations, which is taking the fire’s fuel source.

Strope told us the winds had shifted earlier in the day and pushed the fire.

He said some customers are without power. Xcel Energy has crews there working to restore power.

Crews are still on scene fighting this fire.

We are told no structures have been damaged at this time.

No injuries have been reported.

UPDATE 10:08 P.M.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, 15 homes and six commercial building still threatened. Firefighters continuing burn out operations to protect them. 

UPDATE 9:47 P.M.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Servicefirefighters are conducting burn outs to protect threatened homes.

UPDATE: 8:47 P.M.:

According to officials, an evacuation order has been issued for the area north of Carolina to include Bunton/Arline/Riley/Veta Streets due to the wildfire.

Fire crews are still working to extinguish fire and have made great progress, but the fire continues to burn.

Residents are asked to evacuate to the Johnson Center at 1201 Bulldog Blvd. 

UPDATE 7:04 P.M.: 

UPDATE 6:11 P.M.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire is back to 40 percent contained at an estimated 600 acres. Three homes are being threatened. 

UPDATE 6:03 P.M.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire is estimated at 400 acres and is 50 percent contained.

UPDATE 5:50 P.M.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service Dispatch Tracker, 100 homes are being threatened with this fire.

UPDATE 5:11 P.M.:

UPDATE 4:03 P.M.:

 UPDATE 3:33 P.M.:

UPDATE 3:10 P.M.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire is estimated around 200 acres and is moving toward the Canadian River into rough terrain. 


Crews are responding to a wildfire in Hutchinson County.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Activity Map, and Borger officials, the fire is located north of town.

The Texas A&M Forest Service responding to a request for assistance on that fire. They said they are sending single-engine air tankers, one large air tanker, dozers, and fire engines. 

We are working to get more information.

This is a developing story. Stay with MyHighPlains.com for the latest. 

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