Fire closes down U.S. 287 near Electra Wednesday afternoon

ELECTRA - Fire investigators believe a blowout on a trailer may have caused sparks, and then a grass fire east of Electra before Highway 287 was shut down Wednesday afternoon.

The fire started just after 1 p.m. near the six-mile cut-off.

Electra Fire Chief Greg Lynn says the fire jumped the railroad tracks before jumping Business 287 and then U.S. 287.

Lynn says the Wichita County Sheriff's Deputies and Department of Public Safety Officials had both lanes of the highway shut down for approximately 30 minutes as smoke made it too dangerous for traffic to pass.

According to our crew on the scene, traffic was heavily backed up.

Volunteer firefighters from Electra, Punkin Center, and Iowa Park responded.





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