ARMSTRONG COUNTY, Texas (KAMR) - The Mallard fire has burned more than 73,000 acres and is only 20% contained as it burns into its seventh day.
Firefighters from many area fire stations and several states are now responding to help fight the fire about 25 miles southeast of Amarillo, and five to six miles southeast of Claude.
We took a walk-through to see the damage from the fire earlier today and spoke with Texas A&M Forest Service PIO Kari Hines.
"A lot of the active fire right now is in the southeast corner and the northwest corner," said Hines. "That's where firefighters with...fire engines and bulldozers and aircraft are all working to slow the spread of fire."
Officials with The Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) and Southern Area Red Incident Management Team said the Mallard Fire has threatened several communities in our area, U.S. Highway 287, BNSF Railroad and some historic ranch structures.
"...when it comes out of the canyon lands, because we cannot physically get down in there, it comes out very fast and very hot," Hines said. "...The fire moved so quickly through the area that there is still a lot of unburned vegetation left, and if it gets to be a hot, dry afternoon, that can reignite and restart vegetation that wasn't burned prior."
TFS and Southern Area Red Incident Management Team are both working on the Mallard Fire as it continues to burn.
"...our goal, our tactics are all to try to slow that spread down coming up the topography that way the firefighters can stop the progression when it comes out of the canyons," said Hines.
She said the Mallard Fire burned within a few miles of Goodnight, but dozers were able to quickly make a containment line to eliminate fuel for the fire and save a nearby home.
The fire has caused evacuations, and two firefighters were injured responding to it.
Officials say FM 2272 and FM 2889 are still open only to property owners and emergency vehicles at the request of DPS.
There are no evacuations in place for the Mallard Fire at this time.
However, TFS said there is a temporary flight restriction over the Mallard Fire and other fires in the vicinity. For more information on that, click here.
The restrictions apply to both manned and unmanned aircraft.
For updates on this fire, click here.
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