More than 7,000 acres burned in Carbon Fire in Wheeler County
SHAMROCK, Texas (KVII) —
UPDATE: 8:00 p.m.
Officials said there are no immediate threats for the fire, but it is now up to 7,500 acres.
UPDATE: 5:03 p.m.
The Texas Department of Transportation has announced that I-40 near Shamrock has been reopened. Motorists are advised to drive carefully in the area of the fire.
UPDATE: 4:06 p.m.
The Carbon Fire is being estimated at 6,000 acres and five percent containment by the Texas A&M Forest Service. Crews are currently working on protecting structures on the south side of the fire.
UPDATE: 2:27 p.m.
Officials with the Texas A&M Forest Service tell ABC 7 News that the fire near Shamrock is now being called the Carbon Fire and is estimated at 2,500 acres with 0 percent containment.
Interstate 40 has been closed until further notice. One single-engine air tanker and one large heavy (3,000 gallons) tanker has been ordered.
UPDATE: 1:56 p.m.
The large grass fire in Wheeler County has crossed I-40, causing Texas Department of Transportation officials to divert traffic.
According to TxDOT, Shamrock traffic is being diverted to US 83 toward Wheeler and across State Highway 152 into Oklahoma. Oklahoma traffic is being rerouted to SH 152 to Wheeler.
Fire crews are working a fire east of Shamrock between Carbon Black road and I-40.
No further information is available at this time.
ABC 7 Amarillo will provide updates as soon as they become available.