Wildfire in Texas Panhandle Destroys About 75 Homes

(Photo: Chris Ray, Texas Department of Public Safety via AP)
(Photo: Chris Ray, Texas Department of Public Safety via AP)

Emergency officials say about 75 homes are destroyed and hundreds of people have evacuated the area after a wildfire burned up to 2 square miles in the Texas Panhandle.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said in an e-mail late Sunday that no one had been hurt in the fire near Fritch, some 30 miles northeast of Amarillo.

Fritch Police Chief Monte Leggett said 75% of the fire had been contained as of Monday morning.

Hutchinson County emergency management coordinator Danny Richards said about 75 homes are destroyed and hundreds of the town’s 2,100 residents have left the area. Some stayed at a school gymnasium.

The National Weather Service said winds were gusting up to 30 mph in the area early Monday with temperatures in the 40s.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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