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Panhandle wildfire leaves Texas residents homeless


A huge wildfire swept through Hutchinson County Sunday and Monday.  About 100 houses were damaged or destroyed.  The bulk of the damage was at the Lake Meredith Harbor subdivision reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

About 2,100 people were evacuated from areas threatened by the fire.  The Harbor is expected to be in full evacuation at least through Tuesday morning said Fritch Police Chief Monte Leggett.  Residents from Lake Meredith were sent to Celebration Church and the Aluminum Dome in Borger.  Sanford was also evacuated at one point, but residents were allowed to return late Sunday night.

Many areas were without power.

“It’s really bad,” said Danny Richards, Hutchinson County emergency management coordinator. “It looks like a war zone. It’s a disaster.”

One person died of a heart attack during the fire, said Fritch City Manager John Horst.  The fire burned 800- 1,000 acres.  No structures in Fritch or Sanford were damaged, said Horst. 

More about the fire can be found here.