Wildfires Prompt Evacuations and Road Closures - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/14/08

Wildfires Prompt Evacuations and Road Closures

Heavy smoke from wildfires across West Texas and Eastern New Mexico have prompted several road closures. Hundreds of firefighters are battling to extinguish the blazes in more than half a dozen counties.

Friday night DPS urged drivers to avoid the following roads: Authorities say there is no visibility on Texas Highway 222 from Guthrie to Knox City. There is also no visibility on U.S. 82 from Guthrie to Benjamin. They are also discouraging travel on Highway 380 from Post to Knox City.  

Fire officials have confirmed that a grass fire racing across Southeastern New Mexico has burned four homes. The fire has also forced the evacuation of the town of Knowles and authorities have issued a voluntary evacuation for residents north of Hobbs between N.M. 18 and N.M. 132. Authorities could not say how many homes were in the area.

State Forestry Spokesman Dan Ware says the fire has charred between 10,000 acres and 14,000 acres and has crossed the New Mexico-Texas state line north of Hobbs.

More than 100 firefighters are battling the flames, but strong winds continue to hamper their efforts. Ware says no injuries have been reported. The area is under a wind warning, and the National Weather Service expects more wind for the area Saturday.

USDA Forest Service Wildfire Map
Track active wildfires and the efforts to combat them with the USDA Forest Service Wildfire Map.

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