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      Fires across the Panhandle

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      For the latest infomation on Panhandle grassfires, click here. Update: 10:38 p.m.

      Pronews7 received this update from Moore County. At 1:57 PM this afternoon, Dumas Fire Department responded to a reported grass fire south of Dumas near the town of Masterson. The fire department was on scene at 2:16 PM. At the time, the fire was near CIG Rd east of US 287. The fire has continued to spread in a northeasterly direction throughout the day and has been in open country. Mutual Aid from fire services in Potter, Hartley and Hutchinson County, as well as Dalhart, Sunray, Cactus, Fritch and Borger Fire Departments have worked with the Dumas Fire Department in battling the fire.

      Saturday evening the fire was at Moore County Road Q and Natural Gas Plant Rd, which is 4 miles south of SH 152 and aproximately 17 miles east of Dumas. The Dumas Fire Chief expects the fire to be under control by 11 p.m. 4 firefighers have been injured. Three of the fireman (2 Dumas Fire and 1 Cactus Fire) were taken to the Moore County Hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation and remain in good condition. The fourth, a Cactus fireman sustained burns and was medevaced to a burn center in Lubbock, Tx. His condition presently is unknown; however, he was in stable condition when he left Dumas. SH 152 has been closed to through traffic but has just now been opened.

      Update: 8:58 p.m.

      Meteorologist Shelly Sites said the winds are expected to die for the night before picking back up again tomorrow.

      As far as the Channing fire, ProNews Seven called the Sheriff's office there and it said the fire is not contained and still burning. However, it said it was burning into open field and is not threatening any structures.

      Update: 8:52 p.m

      The Union fire broke out Saturday northwest of Tucumcari and charred about 2,000 acres. Eight fire departments around Quay County are battling the blaze. About six homes in the area are threatened but fire engines are protecting them and residents voluntarily evacuated.

      The Moore county fire is still burning, there is no word yet on how contained it is. It started around 2 p.m. near Masterson. Sources report four firemen have been injured. One has been airlifted to Lubbock.


      The fire in Moore County has grown to more than 3,000 acres. There was a voluntary evacuation for a few ranch homes south of 152. Officers came and knocked on the doors of those homes already.

      Previously Posted:

      Weather conditions are fueling fires across the panhandle. Drought, sustained winds at 30 - 35 miles per hour - gusting up to 50 mph, high temperatures and low relative humidity are making the fires more likely to spread. T hose conditions are what helped spread a grassfire near the Potter and Moore county line. As of 4:26p.m it spread into Moore county.

      It started around 2 p.m. this afternoon. It's started spreading around one mile East of highway 287.

      The last ProNews heard is that it was around 500 hundred acres. Crawford ranch, Sunray, Dalhart, Channing, Hartley, Cactus, Potter county, Moore county, and the Texas Forest service are responding.The winds shifted and are now the southwest, that means the fire will be headed away from the highway.

      Fire crews are also reporting a fast moving grass fire along Highway 54 near Mile Marker 308 in Quay County, New Mexico.

      No word yet on threats to structures.

      Highway 54 between Logan and Tucumcari was shut down, but it was reopened by state police a short time later.