Massive wildfire burns 23K acres near Amarillo, injuring 4 firefighters

Wildfire ear roads 136 & 245 outside of Amarillo. March 6, 2017 (Amarillo Fire Department Photo)
Wildfire ear roads 136 & 245 outside of Amarillo. March 6, 2017 (Amarillo Fire Department Photo)

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR) — A massive wildfire northeast of Amarillo has burned 23,000 acres and for most of Monday was 0 percent contained. The Texas A&M Forest Service says they are making good progress and have stopped the forward movement of the fire.

Around 150 homes are threatened by the fire and mandatory evacuations are in effect. Officials say the fire path is currently 2 miles wide and 10 miles long.

Four firefighters were injured fighting what they’re calling the Dumas Complex Wildfire. Two of the injured firefighters are in critical condition.

The Forest Service says temporary flight restrictions are in place over the fire. Another massive wildfire in Libscomb and Ochiltree counties — located in the northeast corner of the Panhandle — is estimated at 40,000 acres in size. It is 0 percent contained and is threatening hundreds of homes.

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