Myhighplains.com reported late Tuesday that many residents were getting their first look at damaged or destroyed properties after a mandatory evacuation order had been lifted. Some still didn’t know if they had a home to go back to.
Roads in the affected areas remained closed.
One resident died Sunday from a heart attack that the A&M Forest Service attributed to the fire.
Fritch resident Jim Slaton admitted he stayed longer than he should have in the fire zone. He did a little firefighting of his own – spraying water on his neighbor’s yard to keep the flames away.
Slaton said, “You know trying to keep the fire from structures - it take a lot of work. These guys [firefighters] … did an excellent job keeping these structures intact.”