At least 75 homes lost to Texas Panhandle wildfire
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 00:43
May 12 - Fire crews in the Texas Panhandle battle a fast-moving wildfire north of Amarillo that has engulfed at least 75 homes, scorched some 1,500 acres and forced more than 2,000 people out of their homes. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Fire crews in the Texas Panhandle were dealing with a fast moving wildfire on Monday.
It started late Sunday afternoon near the town of Fritch, north of Amarillo.
At least 75 homes have been lost, some 1,500 acres burned and more than 2,000 people are out of their homes.
But officials were still waiting Monday morning to assess the full situation.
SOUNDBITE: TROOPER CHRIS RAY, TEXAS DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY, SAYING:
"We don't know the extent of the damage, we don't know if they're completely burned, partially burned, we just haven't been able to get in there to evaluate."
Schools in the immediate area were closed Monday.
Fire crews from all over the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico were working to put out the fire.
It was 75 percent contained as of Monday morning.
No word on what caused the fire.
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