Wild Fires Burn Thousands Of Acres - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/15/08

Wild Fires Burn Thousands Of Acres

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Fire crews across the area kept an eye out for hot spots Saturday, after flames tore across West Texas and southeast New Mexico Friday. 

People in Knowles, N.M. were allowed back in their homes Saturday, after a large fire forced evacuations there Friday night. The blaze began as two separate fires, but high winds merged the two.

A New Mexico State Forestry Spokesman says the fire grew to 30,000 acres, and spread four miles into Texas. Flames destroyed four homes and two barns at a dairy operation near Knowles. On the other side of the NewsChannel 11 viewing area, The National Weather Service says a vehicle fire sparked a raging wild fire in King County.

The fire, near Guthrie, burned around 20,000 acres by 10:45 p.m. Friday.  DPS had to close several roads because of that fire, including parts of Texas Highway 222, U.S. 82 from Guthrie to Benjamin, and Highway 380 from Post to Knox City.

At Lake Alan Henry, south of Post, flames destroyed at least two mobile homes, and appears to have killed at least two horses.  No word on what sparked this blaze, but we're told fire crews were on the scene until early Saturday morning.

The number of fires across Texas prompted President Bush to make federal aid available to 184 counties. State leaders say flames scorched more than 133,000 acres Friday, making it one of the worst events since 2006. A spokesman for the Texas Forest Service says they don't have any injury reports, and only a small number of buildings were lost.

The forest service predicts cooler temperatures and higher humidity should make the state far less vulnerable.

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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