Lubbock City Employees To Help in Wildfire Recovery

Published 05/12 2014 06:25PM

Updated 05/12 2014 06:40PM

By Michaela MacDonald

LUBBOCK, TX -- Six city employees are headed to the panhandle to
help communities affected by a major wildfire near Fritch. More than 100 homes were destroyed and more than 2,500 acres charred in the wildfire that started late Sunday afternoon. One person has reportedly died.

"They will be leaving today to go up to the panhandle area, help that incident commander and the incident management team up there handle that incident, a very widespread large incident. And our employees will be leaving this afternoon for a possibly three day deployment," said LFD Division Chief Robert Keinast. 

Keinast says this wildfire is a reminder that fire conditions are very dangerous right now and to be extra cautious outdoors, especially as we head into summer.

Here is the latest update from our affiliate in Amarillo:

AMARILLO -- The latest information, now on the fire that is still burning near Fritch. 

There were earlier reports from Borger Police that the fire was 75 percent contained but that is not the case.

The Texas A&M Fire Service tells us, as just a few minutes ago, at three this afteroon, 

One person has died. 

131 homes and structures were burned.

The fire has burned more than 2,500 acres and 1,300 homes have been evacuated.

The fire, according to coordinator Troy Ducheneaux is only 35-percent contained.

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