Grassfire causes evacuations in Fritch

Staging area for emergency crews

UPDATE 8:31PM: From the Hutchinson County Emergency Management, they say several homes and structures have burned. No injures have been reported so far. As of this post, Arrowhead, Harbor Bay, Lake Meredith Harbor, and the entire City of Sanford have been evacuated. Fritch residents are asked to go to Fritch High School or Celebration Church. Sanford residents are asked to go to the Borger Aluminum Dome. Emergency crews are closely watching for the cold front to come through the area as it will change the wind direction. So far, the fire is not under control.

UPDATE 7:58PM: From the Texas Department of Transportation, Currently there is a major wildfire located between Fritch and Lake Meredith. The areas of Harbor Bay, Vinson Development and Sanford Estates are under mandatory evacuation. Residents are being asked to go the High School Gym in Fritch where the Red Cross will be setting up. At this time there are several structures that have burned but we do not know the extent or how many. Mutual aid has been requested and there are fire departments from across the Texas Panhandle and even New Mexico battling the fire. Residents in the Sanford area are asked to be on "a heightened alert" as the National Weather Service has said winds may change at any time.

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UPDATE 7:18PM: Pronews 7's Marissa Lucero on scene and says officials told her all residents northwest of Fritch are being asked to evacuate. The fire has not reached Fritch Road yet. Some structures have been burned. No injuries to report so far.

PAST: Several evacuations have been ordered after a grassfire has sparked.

According to the Hutchinson County LEPC notification system, the fire in Fritch is spreading rapidly northeast. It is reported that homes have been lost. If you live in Lake Meredith Harbor/Harbor Bay area please evacuate immediately. Two evacuation sites have been set up, Fritch High School and Celebration Church. Volunteers from the Texas Panhandle and Eastern Texas Panhandle Chapters of the American Red Cross are on their way to help support those being evacuated and local emergency management.