Half a Dozen Wildfires Scorched Across the High Plains

Half a dozen wildfires scorched across the High Plains. 

These fires affected five counties in our area threatened homes caused evacuations and road closures.

Let's start in Hutchinson County, where the area saw two fires.

The first was near the Blue Creek RV Park Area the second is to the north in the area of High Plains road.

At last check, the Texas A&M Forest Service said the High Plains fire has covered about 139 acres, while the RV fire has covered 362 acres. 

Together they're at 501 acres at 70% containment. 

Officials said the cause of this fire is a roadside start. Which means anything could have sparked it like if someone was towing a trailer and the chain is dragging from the ground. The City of Borger and Hutchinson County OEM Facebook page states all evacuations due to this fire have been lifted and all roads have reopened. 

These fires affected school bus routes as well and where parents had to pick up their kids.

"Down along the Amarillo road area, close to Sanford Yake road, it caused the bus routes to have to be reversed because of homes that were potentially threatened in that area. The looming smoke and things of that nature. So for the kid's safety and everything they made sure that they were going to be safe first and foremost," said Chief Houston Gass Fritch Police Dept.

These fires threatened 20-30 homes but there's no losses to report or any injuries.  

In Gray County now where another fire threatened homes.

We're told it started this afternoon about two miles east of 2473 and 273 in Gray County.

That fire caused FM 2473 to close down but TXDot officials said it's reopened.

At last, checked that fire is estimated at 805 acres and is 70% contained.

There is no report of structures lost or currently being threatened.

The Hoover Volunteer Fire department says Highway 70 northbound is closed at the Gray and Roberts County line due to smoke across the roadway. 

You're asked to avoid that area.

We're told it burned about 700 acres.

Officials said the fire is out and crews from Briscoe and Floyd counties who responded have returned back to their stations. 

Let's go to Potter County for another fire near Hackberry Lane.

According to the Potter County, dispatcher this fire is contained.

We're told all crews have returned back to their stations.

Another fire burned in Donley county near Hedley.

Crews were in the mopping-up phase of that fire just before 6 p.m. We're told the fire is completely out and all crews have left the scene.

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