Fire Threatens Hundreds of Homes Outside Amarillo

Hundreds of people fled to shelters as a wildfire threatened an entire town outside Amarillo.

Firefighters believe the fire has destroyed more than 100 homes.

The fire is now 75-percent contained.

Flames driven by strong, shifting winds ripped through the brush in the Texas Panhandle; thick black smoke cast shadows on the area as it blocked out the sun.

Hutchingon County Emergency Management reported winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour.

Crews came to help fight the fire from departments all over the area.

Only later would officials understand the extent of the damage; the fire that started late Sunday afternoon had destroyed as many as 100 homes before midnight.

Officials in Fritch say the fire covers hundreds of acres and puts their entire town at risk.

The fire threatens more than one thousand homes.

Seven- to eight-hundred people evacuated, seeking shelter at a church and at the gym at a local high school.

While the wind is blamed for fanning the flames, it's not clear yet what exactly caused such a destructive wildfire.

Officials believe the fire has now destroyed more than 100 homes and burned up to 1,500 acres.

Officials have confirmed all classes will be canceled Monday for Fritch ISD.
According to the Hutchinson County LEPC Emergency Notification System, the fire is still headed in a Southern direction. 

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