Local Fire Departments Work Together to Battle Grass Fire Near Airport


More than a dozen fire crews battled a grass fire near Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport for several hours today.

The Amarillo Fire Department along with units from Potter County Fire responded to the blaze after it was reported around 11:30 a.m. on the east side of Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, near Progress Rail.

Capt.Larry Davis with the Amarillo Fire Department tells us the fire is contained and they are still working to knock down some hot spots.

Several buildings were threatened but no structures were damaged thanks to assistance from Amarillo Fire, Potter County, and a few units from Bell Helicopter who came out and help stop the spread.

No injuries were reported.

“We had stiff winds out here,” said Capt. Davis. “We had a couple of wind direction changes and so we really kind of had a hard time with this thing. We were able to stop it out here just east of the airport.”

Capt. Davis added that most of the structures were storage buildings.

We did talk to the city about airport operations and whether it affected any flights at the airport and they said everything is on schedule and it is business as usual, but if you ever have questions about a flight being delayed or canceled to check with your airline.

Officials tell us the fire was contained by 2:30 p.m.

Firefighters continue to monitor to make sure they got everything out and the fire did not restart.

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