Over 2,000 residents were evacuated from Fritch and Sanford and at least 131 structures went up in flames as a drought fed wildfire torched two square miles to the northeast of Amarillo, Texas, according to fire officials there.
There is little information as to what caused the blaze that began in the small mobile home community of Fritch on Sunday afternoon. But, the fire quickly engulfed the plains grass in Hutchinson County and spread quickly.
Emergency crews from 26 counties responded to the scene to help douse the flames. There were fire trucks as far as the eye could see reported one Texas Trooper. With the aid of water from a local lake, the firefighters were able to bring the fire down before it could spread further and do additional damage.
Weather conditions favored firefighters by Sunday night as a cold front moved into the area and humidity rose. The fire is reported to be 80% contained and firefighters are busy tamping down hotspots and other areas of concern.