UPDATE: 6:23 p.m.
Texas A&M Forest Service reports that the fire is estimated to have burned about 4,480 acres and is 100% contained. TFS said perimeter mapping was completed for an accurate estimate of acres burned and containment was completed. The fire was turned over to local resources said TFS.
UPDATE: April 7 at 3:49 p.m.
The Texas A&M Forest Service reports that the fire is estimated to be 3,200 acres and is 92% contained. TFS said firefighters are continuing to work the perimeter to increase containment as critical fire conditions continue in the area of the fire.
UPDATE: 3:03 p.m.
Texas A&M Forest Service reported that the fire is now 85% contained and is estimating the fire to be 3,200 acres. TFS said firefighters are working with aviation to contain the fire as winds continue to drive the fire. Bulldozers and fire engines are putting in lines in an effort to stop the fire’s progression.
UPDATE: 11:30 a.m.
The Texas A&M Forest Service reported that the decrease in acreage regarding the Sand Creek Fire, from 3,200 down to the more recent 1,200-acre estimation, was due to “better mapping” of the fire. As of 11:30 a.m., it was still reported to cover 1,200 acres and be 65% contained.
UPDATE: 10:50 a.m.
The Texas A&M Forest Service reported that the Sand Creek Fire was impacting 1,200 acres in the Gray County area, and was estimated to be 65% contained.
The Lefors Fire Department also took to social media on Wednesday morning to update the community on its firefighters. The department said that all of its units had returned “to get rest and wait for the next fire!” The department extended a thank you to the members of multiple fire departments, private entities, and the forest service for assisting with the firefighting effort. The department also advised the community to stay alert, as harsh winds were expected to continue for the next few days.
UPDATE: 8:05 a.m., April 6
LEFORS, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the “Sand Creek” fire in Gray County had covered around 3,200 acres and was estimated to be 40% contained. Crews worked overnight to slow its progression, but the forest service advised that the fire “was extremely active in rough terrain.”
UPDATE: 10:15 p.m.
TxDOT reports that SH 274 from mile marker 9 to FM 1321 is closed due to the grass fire. TxDOT said its maintenance crews will be assisting with traffic control. TxDOT also reports that FM 291 is closed.
GRAY COUNTY, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Crews are responding to a grass fire about five miles east of Lefors on State Highway 273.
Multiple crews are responding including Pampa, Hoover, Lefors, and McClain.
No information on acres burned or containment has been reported. We will update this story as information comes in.