UMC sends help as fire in panhandle continues to burn

UMC sends help as fire in panhandle continues to burn

CLAUDE, TX (KCBD) - Eight paramedics from Lubbock's University Medical Center have been sent to Armstrong County southeast of Amarillo to assist during mandatory evacuations due to a wildfire.

The fire in the area, now dubbed the Mallard Fire, has been burning since Tuesday, according to the Incident Information System website. As of Sunday, the fire was only 15 percent contained and burned more than 60,000 acres of land.

UMC's paramedics were sent to a nursing home and assisted living center in Claude to help evacuate 75 patients.

So far four small helicopters, five single-engine air tankers, 31 fire engines, six bulldozers and a total of 277 people have dispatched to help with the fire. It was also reported the fire grew by an estimated 13,000 acres between Friday and Saturday and is being fueled mostly by cedar, mesquite and grass.

Officials with UMC believe the fire could be fully contained within the next two days.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 will update this story as more information changes.

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