15,000 acres burn in Lipscomb County
Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:15:58 GMT —
UPDATE: The National Weather Service released updated burn totals for the wildfires that struck Lipscomb County on Wednesday. The new numbers from the Texas Department of Public Safety indicate that 10,600 acres were consumed in the fire near FM 3260, and 5,310 burned at the Higgins fire. That puts the total for the county at 15,910 acres. The report says that these numbers were gathered by using GPS data.
UPDATE: 1:50p.m.: Data released by the National Weather Service said that the Texas Forest Service is reporting that 4,800 acres were burned in the fire south of Booker, far less than the first estimate Pronews 7 was given.
The same report said that the fire threatened 5 homes, but none of them were damaged or destroyed.
UPDATE: 10:30a.m.: Pronews 7 spoke with Lipscomb County Judge Willis Smith, and he told us that the range fires that hit the county on Wednesday are now 99% out. Some fire crews were still on scene Thursday morning watching for, and putting out any flare ups.
Judge Smith said that there are some reports of some out buildings receiving some damage, but no homes were damaged. There have also been no reports of livestock losses.
The fire south of Booker burned an estimated 7,500 to 10,000 acres. There is not an estimate on the acreage burned by the fire that was near Higgins.
We can now confirm the fire became under control at about 7:00 p.m. tonight. We will have more updates for you as we get the information.
At least 10 fire departments in the area of Booker, in Lipscomb County, have responded to a large grass fire that is burning about 12 to 13 miles south of Booker. We're told the blaze is just east of SH 23 and FM 3260.
Booker, Higgins, Perryton, Locust Grove, and Lipscomb county fire departments are some of those working the fire.
It is unclear if any structures have been threatened, but authorities say the area is mainly pastureland.