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Fire near Canadian River bridge about 95% contained; more than 1,500 acres burned

A wildfire that flared up Wednesday afternoon near the Canadian River bridge is now 95 percent contained, according to Potter County Fire Chief Richard Lake. (ABC 7 Amarillo - Steve Douglass)

A wildfire that flared up Wednesday afternoon near the Canadian River bridge is now 95 percent contained, according to Potter County Fire Chief Richard Lake.

The fire, named the Kritser East Fire by the Texas A&M Forest Service, started around 3 p.m. on Wednesday along US-287, about one mile north of the Canadian River bridge.

Some fire crews worked through the night containing the flames that have now burned more than 1,500 acres, according to the TFS.

Lake said as of 9 a.m. on Thursday, there were still some Potter County units attacking some hot spots and they will be monitoring the area.

According to Lake, they will wait to put a more accurate number on the acres that have burned until a DPS helicopter is able to fly over the area. Due to rough terrain and "hilly areas," Lake said it is difficult to know at this time exactly how many acres have burned.

There have been no injuries in the fire.


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