UPDATE: Denny said the fire is now 100% contained. No structures have been lost and all fire units are back in service.
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Officials confirmed near 10 a.m. Friday that the early-morning fire north of River Road High School, under the name of the “Trailer Fire”, was 80% contained after hours of efforts from firefighting crews.
Potter County Fire Rescue Lieutenant Steven Denny said that the blaze was measured at around 75 to 80 acres across, and was started by an incident involving an 18-wheeler. At the time of his comment, Denny said that there were 10 apparatus on scene as well as resources from the Road and Bridge department, Texas Forest Service, and Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS).
This story is developing. Check with MyHighPlains.com for updates.
THIS MORNING: Wildfire blazes, officials responding near River Road Wastewater Plant
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – A large wildfire began Friday morning on Reclamation Plant Road, near the River Road Wastewater Plant, and drew multiple emergency crews to respond.
As seen to MyHighPlains.com staff at the site, flames lit up the field along the north side of Reclamation Road and, as of 6 a.m. Friday, numerous crews appeared to be making efforts to extinguish the fire. At least one vehicle with hazard lights also appeared to be pulled over by the road.
According to MyHighPlains.com staff, it appeared that Potter County Fire Rescue responders and the Texas A&M Forest Service were on scene.
The blaze comes in the wake of what the Randall County Fire Department called “critical fire weather conditions” Thursday. Winter weather advisories are also in place for much of the High Plains going into the weekend.