Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wildfires Claim 3-Lives In Gray County

At least three people have died in Gray County due to wildfires that began ravaging the land Monday afternoon.

Fires flared up across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle starting Monday around 1:30 p.m. Since then, more than 125,000 acres have burned in the Texas Panhandle. A fire that started near Lefors in Gray County has killed at least three people, according to the Gray County Office of Emergency Management.

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Sandy Martin with the Gray County OEM said the three deaths happened in rural northeast Gray County. The names of those who died have not yet been released by authorities.

The "Dumas Complex" fire, which started in North Amarillo and spread across many counties, is now 75 percent contained, as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday. That fire has burned more than 25,000 acres of land.

Another large fire started near Perryton Monday afternoon. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, that fire has ravaged the high plains, burning more than 100,000 acres.

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