70
      Sunday
      92 / 65
      Monday
      93 / 65
      Tuesday
      93 / 66

      Firefighters continue to battle grassfire between Fritch and Sanford

      Emergency personnel from Hutchinson County, Borger and Sanford are on the scene at the Fritch Wildfire.

      UPDATE 4 p.m.:

      Xcel energy has disconnected power to 452 locations in the Fritch and Lake Meredith area to ensure the safety of firefighters.Burned poles have been removed and wires have been grounded to stop power flow into the area.Excel engineers should be allowed in the area tomorrow morning to assess damage and develop a restoration plan.It's unclear when power will be restored.From a helicopter survey conducted this morning it appears that 100-200 poles were destroyed.For those customers whose homes are not damaged but have no electricity, Xcel is asking that generators only be used to power specific appliances, such as a refrigerator. Powering the home's electrical system could create backfeed that could injur or kill a lineman.

      UPDATE: 3 p.m.:

      2,583 acres are involved in Fritch fire. Of that total, 35 percent is contained.

      UPDATE 9:30 a.m.:

      The Salvation Army of Amarillo deployed their food truck to Fritch to accompany Pampa's canteen. They were prepared to feed 400 breakfasts this morning in Fritch. Disaster response teams from Plainview are on standby. The Salvation Army will provide food, water and support for first responders and families impacted by the fires.

      There has been a temporary flight restriction over Fritch for aircraft except relief aircraft operations.

      UPDATE 7 a.m.:

      Officials report that the fire is now 75 percent contained as of 6:30 a.m. Crews are still battling hotspots at this time. Highway 136 is now re-open according to the City of Fritch's Chief of Police.

      ORIGINAL:

      Emergency personnel from several departments continue to battle a massive grassfire northwest of Fritch that sparked Sunday afternoon.

      According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Highway 136 between Amarillo and Fritch has been closed due blowing dust, smoke and soot the visibility is extremely limited. Fire crews continue to battle the fire but the rugged terrain continues to hamper efforts. DPS Troopers are advising that people please stay away from the area. Multiple structures, including homes have burned. Officials with Hutchinson County LEPC Emergency Notification Center say early counts are that 50 to 60 homes have burned. There's been no reports of injuries.

      Early Sunday, residents in Lake Meredith Harbor, Harbor Bay, and Arrowhead where evacuated and told to go to either Fritch High School or Celebration Church. The fire continued to spread quickly northeast and the entire City of Sanford was evacuated and told to go to the Borger Aluminum Dome. Around 11:30 p.m. the evacuation order for Sanford residents was lifted. Volunteers from the Texas Panhandle and Eastern Texas Panhandle Chapters of the American Red Cross are helping those displaced by the fire.

      Classes at Sanford-Fritch Independent School District have been canceled for Monday.