Red Cross response to wildfires extensive - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Red Cross response to wildfires extensive

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Fires continued to burn in Motley County Tuesday evening.  Crews were still putting out hot-spots from Sunday's wildfire the forced evacuations in Matador.

Authorities estimated that 40,000 had burned so far.  From the sky, you could see just how close the flames came to the Matador city limits.  "I've worked wildfires before, but I'd never seen anything quite like that one," Bill Curnow with the South Plains Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross said.

Curnow tells KCBD that they wrapped up operations in Matador Monday morning. Crews setup a shelter Sunday night for those who didn't feel safe going home.

Local crews also responded to Hockley County, where three homes burned, and Lubbock where another family lost its home.  Curnow says they also monitored fires in other surrounding counties.

"This entire operation for the Red Cross in west Texas is going to cost between $20,000 and $30,000. The center of that is up in Amarillo where they lost dozens of homes and sheltered hundreds of people.  So, they're probably the hardest hit, but we're looking at it, not only from what happened this past weekend, but we're still recovering from the Twin Oaks fires, we're still recovering from the month of November, which was a very busy month for us.  So, over all, this is a higher than normal year for us here at the Red Cross," Curnow said.

Curnow says their response is funded by donations.  If you would like to donate money or volunteer you can contact the South Plains Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross by calling (806) 765-8534.  You can also stop by their headquarters at 2201 19th Street in Lubbock.  Information is also available on their website

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