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Firefighters Continue to Battle Multiple Fires Across Texas Panhandle


UPDATE 5:49 p.m.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire is 23% contained at 75,425 acres. Low fire behavior reported today.

5/15 12:02 p.m.

The Texas A & M Forest Service updated the Incident Information System on the #MallardFire.

The fire has grown to 75,425 acres but containment is reported at 20%. 474 personnel are on hand to fight the fire.

One structure has been reported destroyed.

Officials say the plan today is: 

Dozers, engines, and hand crews will continue constructing control lines, reinforcing existing control lines and protecting structures. In particular, crews will focus on constructing contingency lines on the south side of the active fire lines on the northwest and northeast sections of the fire, due to wind shifts. Helicopters, SEATs, and air tankers will support firefighters on the ground. Crews are working to hold the fire south of Highway 2272, south of Highway 287, southwest of Salt Fork Red River and west of Highway 70.

The following resources are considered threatened: Multiple communities, 4-lane Highway 287, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Road, and ranch structures. Some ranch structures are on a historic register.

Evacuations & Road Closures: No closures or evacuations are in effect.

5/14 UPDATE 8:42 p.m.:



UPDATE 11:10 A.M.

Officials with the Texas Wildfire Incident Response System has updated the #MallardFire's current size to 74,464 acres but it is only 20% contained.

UPDATE 5/14/ 6:10 A.M.

Southern Area Red Incident Management Team in unified command with the Texas A&M Forest Service continues to battle the Mallard Fire in Armstrong County and the McDannald Fire in Jeff Davis County.

The Mallard Fire is reportedly at 73,521 acres with 20% containment. 

There is a reported 403 personnel on site helping to fight the fire.

Officials say the estimated containment date is over two weeks away on May 29th. 

The incident report states: 

Fire is burning in grass, brush, juniper, and mesquite. Fine dead fuel moisture remains at 2-3% and the probability of ignition continues to stay above 80%, ignition from any source has a very high potential to establish and grow rapidly. Late afternoon thunderstorms on May 12th caused the fire to grow nearly 5 miles to the west.

The last report at 9:48 p.m. Sunday says today will see:

a slight reduction in wind speeds will provide for a reduction in forward fire spread with the primary carries of fire being un-grazed grass pastures and juniper grass understory, however, fire intensity will remain high with associated flame lengths 15 to 20 foot range and rate of spread will be near 130 chains per hour in continuous fuels.

UPDATE 5/13 9:45 P.M.

Texas A&M Forest Service reported significant progress on multiples fires in Briscoe, Hall and Armstrong Counties.







UPDATE 10:00 P.M.:

Texas A&M Forest Service reports #GloverFire in Armstrong County estimated at 3,705 acres with 70% containment. Firefighters are conducting mop-up.

TFS said per TxDOT, FM 2272 and FM 2889 in Armstrong County are only open to residents, property openers and emergency vehicles to help provide a safe environment for firefighters to work.

According to the Forest Service, #HorwoodFire in Hall County is 75% contained at 2340 acres.




UPDATE 2:38 P.M.:


According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the #MallardFire is estimated at 60,416 acres. 


UPDATE 10:00 A.M.:

According to TxDOT Amarillo, US 287 reopened overnight in Armstrong County.

Texas A&M Forest Service reports no change in #HorwoodFire containment or acreage.









UPDATE 10:22 P.M.:



UPDATE 9:15 P.M.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the #MallardFire is now at an estimated 47,407 acres with 15% containment. 





UPDATE 8:35 P.M.:

According to Capt. Dwane Holt with Claude and Washburn Fire Department, the fire has jumped Highway 287 at the Donley County line.

He said evacuations are still in place at this time.

Capt. Holt also said that there was a second injury to a firefighter. He said it happened last night on the way to the fire, they hit a hole and she injured her arm, but she has been cleared by the doctor and is back to fighting the fire with them.


UPDATE 8:19 P.M.:

According to TxDOT Childress, Northbound US 287 is closed at Clarendon due to smoke from a wildfire. Traffic detoured to SH 70.



UPDATE 8:04 P.M.:

According to TxDOT, US 287 is closed again at SH207. All southbound traffic is detoured to I-40 on SH-207 in Armstrong County.



UPDATE: 6:16 P.M.:

According to TxDOT Amarillo, 287 in Armstrong County has re-opened.



UPDATE 6:03 P.M.:

According to TxDOT Childress, Highway 287 from Clarendon to the county line was closed due to smoke, but it has since reopened. Hwy 297 is still closed at SH 207.





UPDATE 4:53 P.M.:

According to the Armstrong County Sheriff's Department, Highway 287 has been closed from Claude to Clarendon. 



According to David Abernathy with Texas A&M Forest Service, a Claude firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion. Abernathy said he was sent home to recover and is doing well.

UPDATE 12:49 P.M.:

Armstrong County Sheriff's department is reporting mandatory evacuations underway for residents in Goodnight area south of Highway 287.

Currently, there are no roads closed. 



UPDATE | #MallardFire 5/11/2018 1:15

Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Response System is reporting the #MallardFire has grown to 34,000 acres. It is still only at 15-percent contained.

UPDATE | #MallardFire 1:16 P.M.

Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Response System is reporting the #MallardFire is at 20,000 acres and 15-percent containment.

Officials told KAMR on-scene that a home is being threatened and have evacuated the people that live there.

UPDATE | #MallardFire 5/10 7:28 A.M.

The #JA2EastFire is reportedly at 700 acres burned and 60-percent contained.

UPDATE | #MallardFire 8:06 P.M.:

UPDATE | #SummerFieldFire 6:30 P.M.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the #SummerFieldFire is now an estimated 1,000 acres with 0% containment.

The #MallardFire is now estimated at 1,200 acres with 0% containment.

UPDATE | #SummerFieldFire 4:20 P.M.:

The Texas A&M Forest Service is responding to another fire in the area. It is being called the #SummerfieldFire in Armstrong County. It is estimated at 200 acres with 10 percent containment. Officials said the head of the fire is expected to run into the #Mallard Fire. No structures threatened.

UPDATE | #MallardFire 3:39 P.M.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the #Mallard Fire in Armstrong County is estimated at 1,000 acres with 10% containment. 

UPDATE | #MallardFire 1:30 P.M.:

The #JA1WestFire has been renamed to the #MallardFire and is estimated at 300 acres with 10% containment.


Texas A&M Forest Service is reporting two fires located near JA Ranch in Armstrong and Donley Counties.

Officials say the two fires, #JA1WestFire and #JA2EastFire, are burning in remote and rough terrain.

There is no current threat to structures. #JA1WestFire is reportedly at 300 acres and #JA2EastFire is reported at 700 acres. 



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UPDATE 5:10 P.M.:


UPDATE 5/10 4:00 P.M.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Response System, the fire is at an estimated 500 acres with 50% containment. 




Crews are responding to a wildfire in Randall County, that according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. 

There have been no reports of structures threatened at this time.

This is a developing story. Stay with for the latest.



  • 1,000 Acres

  • 0% contained


  • 700 acres

  • 75% contained



5 /11 UPDATE 6:38 P.M.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire is at 2,400 acres and is 50% contained. Crews are patrolling and monitoring isolated torching close to the line.





5/10 UPDATE 7:45 P.M.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire is at an estimated 2,500 acres with 30% containment. 



5/9 5:30 p.m.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire is estimated at 200 acres with 15% containment. 

3:07 p.m.:

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire is estimated at 100 acres with 15% containment.

12:52 p.m.:

The Texas A&M Forest Service is responding to the #HarwoodFire in Hall County. The fire is estimated at 25 acres with active fire behavior. No threats reported.


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