Lightning causes 8 large grass fires in Motley county, all now under control

Lightning causes 8 large grass fires in Motley county, all now under control

MOTLEY COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - Seven fire departments were called out Wednesday night to eight different large grass fires in Motley County, all suspected to be caused by lightning, according to Matador Assistant Fire Chief Craig Turner. There are two fires still burning, but "lines have been placed" around all eight sights.

Responders from Matador, Roaring Springs, Flomot, Turkey, Floydada, Dougherty and Ralls volunteer fire departments have been working to put out the fires since the first lightning strike hit around 7:30 p.m. Officials say 2,825 acres have been burned in the fires.

One grass fire was about 12 miles north of Matador, three fires were about 12 miles east of Matador, and the other four were between the two locations.

A Forestry Service helicopter is surveying the damaged area, and four Forestry Service bulldozers and support crew from Wolfforth and Childress also responded to the fires. Motley County maintainers and road graters are also assisting.

According to Assistant Chief Turner, the wives of the firefighters and other women of the community have helped feed the responders, as they worked through the night battling the fires. Also, local farmers and ranchers have helped with watering the area.

No structures were damaged in the fires, and no injuries have been reported.

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