FIRE DANGER: High winds have crews on alert
Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:11:07 GMT —
Continue to stick with Pronews 7 and ConnectAmarillo.com for the Panhandle's most accurate and up-to-date coverage of the wildfires. LIVE updates are also available on Pronews 7's Facebook page. Update Monday 1:10 p.m. CLAYTON, N.M. (AP) - A wildfire that broke out near Clayton in northeastern New Mexico has burned 7,500 acres of grassland, pinon and juniper trees, but is no longer threatening any structures.
New Mexico Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the human-caused blaze had threatened a handful of structures Sunday.
He says none was burned and no evacuations were ordered.
The fire was 80 percent contained Monday.
It's burning near Rabbit Ear Mountain about 3 miles north of Clayton.
Ware says crews were working on fire lines and on hot spots.
Heavy air tankers had been called in Sunday after the fire broke out Saturday evening.
Tinder-dry conditions, wind and a lack of rain have made for extremely dangerous fire conditions in parts of New Mexico. That's led to numerous fires in recent weeks.
Update Monday 12:15 p.m. Officials say more than 60,000 acres burned in Moore County this last weekend. The official cause of the fire was due to electrical lines, said David Garrett, Moore County Emergency Management Public Information Officer.The Cactus firefighter injured is still listed in critical condition in Lubbock. Monday Morning UpdateSunday proved to be devastating when it comes to grassfires.Several grassfires sparked up throughout the Panhandle. The high winds were no help as they gusted in some places more than 70 mph.
Grassfires happened in Carson County, Hemphill County, Moore/Potter County, in Hereford and the biggest one, in Union County. That fire has burned more than 6,000 acres.
Fortunately, the Storm Search 7 Weather Team says today will be much more mild and calm.
Update 9:30 p.m. CLAYTON, N.M. (AP) - A wildfire that broke out near Clayton in southeastern New Mexico has burned more than 6,000 acres of grassland, pinyon and juniper trees.
New Mexico Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the blaze that broke out at about 11 a.m. Sunday was threatening a handful of structures by the evening but none have been damaged and no evacuations have been ordered. The fire is burning near Rabbit Ear Mountain about 5 miles northeast of Clayton. Heavy air tankers were called in to battle the flames and ground crews were trying to burn a break in the fire's path. Tinder-dry conditions, a lack of rain and winds have made for extremely dangerous fire conditions in the eastern and southern parts of the state. That's led to numerous fires in recent weeks.Update 7:45 p.m.Union County- Tankers continuing to do drops. Pronews 7 spoke with officials and the air tankers were en route to Alburquerque to fill up on retardent. No word on how contained it is.Carson County- Fire is out.Hemphill County- Fire is out.Moore County- Fire is out burning about 600 acres.Update 4:10 p.m.The grassfire that started in Union County Saturday afternoon around 4 is expected to be contained sometime this afternoon, officials say. Fire departments had trouble containing it due to rough country. A plane was called in from Albuquerque and hasbeen dropping loads of fire retardant.A fire line has been made around the fire and officials tell Pronews 7 two more loads of the retardant should extinguish the blaze.Update 4:00 p.m.Carson County Fire - Sherff's Department tells Pronews 7 the fire is not completely under control but close.Hemphill County - Firefighters are continuing to fight the blaze. No word yet on amount of acreage.
Borger - According to the Hutchinson County Sheriff's Department, the fire is under control and firefighters are working hot spots. It burned about 75 acres.
Hereford - The fire was in a small bar ditch west of Highway 60. Firefighters are finishing putting it out.Update 3:50 p.m.The Hereford fire has been stopped, according to the Fire Chief.Update 3:40 p.m.NEW, a fire is now reported eight miles west of Hereford on Highway 60.Fires are now being reported in Carson County, Hemphill County (south of Higgins), and Hutchinson County (between Borger and Stinnett.)Update 3:20 p.m.A grassfire has just been reported outside of Glazier in Hemphill County.
Update 3:05 p.m. Emergency Management tells Pronews 7 the Wheeler fire is now out.Also, we have learned the Carson County fire is near the White Deer Wind Farm.
NEW, a fire has been reported between Borger and Stinnett. Fire Departments are now responding. Update 3:00 p.m.The fire that burned in Hartley County last night and this morning is now out, accordng to the Hartley County Sheriff's Office. It was just west of Channing.Update 2:40 p.m.A fire is now being reported on State Highway 294 between Panhandle and White Deer, according to Emergency Management. Firefighters from Panhandle, Skellytown and White Deer are responding.Additionally, another wildfire was located over wildland about six miles south of Wheeler.
Update 2:10 p.m. Pronews 7 has confirmed the fire in Moore County is out but another has sprung up around the same place. The fire started at about 10:30 but fortunately, officials say it is almost out.The Dumas Fie Chief and the Texas Forest Service are investigating the cause of the fires. Originally posted Fire crews throughout the Panhandle are on high alert as extremely strong winds continue to succomb the area.These high winds can easily serve as catalysts to all-too-familiar grassfires.You are reminded to take the necessary precautions while outdoors. That includes making sure cigarettes are properly disposed of.
Storm Search 7's exclusive School NET site at the Oasis RV resort, between Amarillo and Bushland, clocked a 72mph wind gust just before noon. Meteorologist Shelly Sites says these wind gusts are expected to continue throughout the day.
Scanner traffic in the Pronews 7 newsroom suggests crews are being sent back from the Potter/Moore County line fire. Four firefighters were injured Saturday night in this blaze. Three were treated for smoke inhalation. The fourth was transported by air to a burn center in Lubbock where he was last listed in very critical condition.The high winds are causing many power lines to blow around and snap. Wes Reeves with Xcel Energy tells Pronews 7 only a handful of residents are without power and reports are coming in of sparking. He says it's generally lines impacting each other or items blowing into lines.
Xcel Energy crews are ready to go in case of outages, Reeves said. Early Suday, 2,600 customers were affected by a five minute long outage. There is no exact cause but it looks like something impacted the lines or it was just a fault.Continue to stick with Pronews 7 and ConnectAmarillo.com for the Panhandle's most accurate and up-to-date coverage of the wildfires. LIVE updates are also available on Pronews 7's Facebook page.