Fire responsible for burning 1,000 acres extinguished

KAMAY - UPDATE 6:00 P.M. — The fire, responsible for burning more than 1,000 acres, has now been extinguished. Electra Fire Chief Greg Lynn said the call for the fire went out shortly after 1:30 p.m. He believes the fire was started by power lines falling down in a nearby oil field, causing the line to spark and initiate the fire. At last count, 12 area fire departments responded, with around 30 pieces of firefighting equipment. 

January to March is considered to be the months when the risk for wildfires in our area is the highest.

Assistant Fire Chief Michael Brachwitz is hopeful another fire of this magnitude won't happen again; but he adds, to make sure, there are things the public can do to help.

"Be careful with what you're doing outside with cooking and things. Don't throw cigarettes out the window. If you see glass laying on the ground, near a grassy area, pick it up. The sun at any time can make it spark and take off."

The Texas Forest Service remains on the scene, watching for hotspots.

UPDATE 5:30 P.M. — According to authorities at the scene over 1,000 acres are burned. Electra Fire Department, Wichita Falls Fire Department, Department of Public safety officials and the Wichita County Sheriff Office officials are all on the scene, as well as smaller fire departments. Sheriff David Duke did do a flyover and assessed the damage.

ORIGINAL STORY — Multiple agencies are responding to a fire near Kamay.

Initial reports suggest the fire started as a controlled burn and got out of control because of the wind.

We have a crew en route to the scene.

We will continue to provide new information as it becomes available.


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