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Armstrong County fire now at 74,464 acres, 20 percent contained

Fire continues to burn through brush and cedar in Palo Duro Canyon in Armstrong County. The fire has been burning since Wednesday and is deemed 20 percent contained. (Texas Forest Service map)

In a 1 p.m. briefing from the Texas Forest Service, the Mallard Fire has burned 74,464 acres in Armstrong County, and is considered 20 percent contained.

The fire is about 25 miles southeast of Amarillo, 5-6 miles southeast of Claude in Armstrong County.

According to the TFS news release:

The Mallard Fire started on Tuesday May 8. The fire is located on the JA Ranch and in Mulberry Canyon to the north. The fire is burning in rugged terrain with cedar, mesquite and grass for fuel.

  • Size: 74,464 acres
  • Containment: 20 percent
  • Start Date: May 8, 2018
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Large helicopters: 4 Small helicopters: 2 Single-engine air tankers: 5
  • Engines: 45
  • Dozers: 6
  • Hand Crews: 3
  • Total Personnel: 340
  • Sunday’s Activities: Dozers, engines and hand crews will continue constructing control lines, reinforcing existing control lines and protecting structures. Helicopters, SEATs and air tankers will support firefighters on the ground. Firefighters 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. Low level fog over Highway 287 presented a hazardous driving condition at the northern edge of the fire this morning. Depending on weather conditions, this could persist for a number of days.
  • Resources Threatened: Multiple communities, 4-lane Highway 287, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSR) Rail Road, and ranch structures. Some ranch structures are on a historic register.
  • Evacuations: As of Monday morning, Armstrong County Department of Emergency Management is reporting no evacuations.
  • Road Closures: Farm-to-Market roads 2272 and 2889 are open only to property owners and emergency responders at the request of Texas Department of Public Safety. This is to reduce general public traffic and for responder safety.
  • Weather: For Monday weather and fuel conditions will support very active fire behavior with partly cloudy, hot, dry and very unstable conditions. Afternoon temperatures will be 91-94 with an RH of 20-25%. Winds will be from the south and southwest at 10-14 mph with the potential for gusts. A higher chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms are forecast today.

McDannald Fire

  • The fire showed very low fire activity on Sunday. Crews continued patrolling and mopping up along the fireline. Command of the fire will transition from the Southern Area Red Incident Management Team to local jurisdictions on Monday morning. This is final report on the McDannald Fire in this daily fire update.

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