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Texas Panhandle Wildfire Destroys About 75 Homes

May 12, 2014

By The Associated Press

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FRITCH, Texas (AP) -- A wildfire in the Texas Panhandle has led to evacuations and road closures but nobody hurt in a blaze that`s destroyed dozens of homes.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the fire burned Monday near Fritch, a town of about 2,100 located 30 miles northeast of Amarillo. DPS Sr. Trooper Chris Ray says Highway 136 through Fritch was closed overnight due to blowing dust, smoke and soot.

Ray says the wildfire was reported Sunday afternoon and the areas of Harbor Bay, Vinson Development and Sanford Estates were under mandatory evacuation.

Hutchinson County emergency management officials say about 75 homes have been destroyed. Coordinator Danny Richards says several hundred people have been evacuated. Residents were asked to go to a school gymnasium in Fritch.

Further details weren`t immediately available.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story Image: In this Sunday, May 11, 2014 photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, a wildfire burns near Fritch, Texas. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Public Safety, Chris Ray)

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