UPDATE: (4:13 p.m.)
Texas A&M Forest Services reports that the fire has burned about 3,264 acres and is now 100% contained.
UPDATE: (5:40 a.m. May 10)
The Texas A&M Forest Service records reported that the Helium Fire had covered 3,264 acres by early Monday morning, and was considered 80% contained.
UPDATE (6:01 p.m.)
Officials with the Amarillo district of TxDOT said that FM 1913 is now open after being closed because of the Helium Fire. The fire continues to be reported at 2,500 acres and is reported as 45% contained, according to officials from the Texas A&M Forest Service.
UPDATE: (5:13 p.m.)
Texas A&M Forest Services is reporting on its Incident Response System that the fire is now estimated to have burned about 2,500 acres and is currently 30% contained. Texas A&M said air tankers are dropping retardant ahead of heavy equipment and the portion of the fire that crossed FM 1913 has been stopped and lined by equipment.
UPDATE: (2:57 p.m.)
Officials with the Amarillo district of TxDOT said that US 87 southbound has reopened but FM 1913 is now closed because of the fire.
UPDATE: (2:38 p.m.)
According to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office FM 1913 is currently shut down due to low visibility along with the fire jumping the road. The sheriff’s office said HWY 287 south of Dumas is currently back open saying that those driving through need to proceed with caution as emergency crews are still working in the area.
UPDATE: (2:13 p.m.)
The Texas Department of Transportation said that anyone heading to Dumas on US 87/287 will need to find an alternate route saying that US 87/287 Northbound is closed.
Update (1:35 p.m.)
The Texas A&M Forest Service announced that it responded to a request for assistance in Moore County on what has been named the “Helium Fire” at around 1:30 p.m. The fire was reported to have spread across 1,200 acres and be 0% contained.
“The fire is actively burning with rapid rates of spread.” said the forest service in a social media announcement.
Update (12:55 p.m.)
According to officials with the Amarillo district of the Texas Department of Transportation, US 87 northbound has been closed at FM 2176 in Potter County due to the Moore County fire.
Update (12:35 p.m.)
Officials with the Amarillo office of the National Weather Service are calling the Moore County fire the “Moore 2901 Wildfire.” Officials report that the wildfire, which is reported as near Masterson, continues to cause US 287 to be closed in both directions.
Update (11:40 a.m.)
Officials with the Amarillo district of the Texas Department of Transportation posted a tweet on their Twitter account, saying that the Moore County fire, which is reported as being south of Dumas, has caused US 287 to be closed in both directions.
MOORE COUNTY, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials from the Potter County Fire Rescue are currently responding to a fire in Moore County, according to a post made on its Facebook page.
Officials from the county’s fire rescue team are responding to a request from Moore County for mutual aid on a fire at the old helium plant in Moore County. No word has been given on the size of the fire and the containment of the fire.
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