Mallard Fire officials host public information forum

Officials present to room of community members, updating them with latest details of Mallard Fire. (ABC 7 Amarillo- Jala Washington).

Some neighbors in the Goodnight area still are not resting easy.

That is because the Mallard Fire in that are was 20 percent contained. Officials said has burned over 75,000 acres.

"You see it on the news, but you're never the one to be involved," said Cecil Miskin, a Goodnight landowner. "This time, we were as close to being involved as we could."

Miskin said since the fire started, keeping everything in order has not been simple.

"Several of our neighbors have suffered losses, and everyone has got a lot of fence damage [and] had to move animals," Miskin said.

Because of everything being up in the air, Miskin is doing all he can to stay in the know of what is going on.

At the Armstrong County Courthouse Tuesday night, officials worked to be as transparent as possible.

"Using the proper procedures, we requested mutual aid from our neighbors and then as it quickly escalated, we went on to using Forest Service and TxDOT," said Hugh Reed, the Armstrong County judge.

Officials said they are fighting this fire with all hands on deck by using four large helicopters, two small ones, five single-engine tankers, 49 total engines, six bulldozers and 474 personnel.

"As dry as it is, and as rough as the terrain is, we were having to use a combination of digging fire guards so the fire would burn itself out," Reed said. "And with the wind, of course, that often times would jump those fire guards."

Moving forward, officials said multiple communities and ranch structures are still being threatened because of the fire weather conditions.

"This is not over," Reed said.

Yet, Miskin said he is confident in how things are being handled.

"Watching the briefings and seeing what they're doing, these guys know what they're doing," Miskin said.

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