Texas Panhandle library seeking people to share wildfire experiences

May 30, 2017

Smoke filled the air south of Fritch, Texas on March 6 as firefighters battled a wildfire north of Amarillo, Texas - one of several wildfires that broke out across the High Plains region that day.
Credit Valarie Smith / High Plains Public Radio

In an effort to document the March 6 wildfires that burned several hundred thousand acres in the Texas Panhandle, the Hemphill County Library in Canadian is hoping to find people willing to share their experiences with the fires.  

As The Canadian Record reports, the Perryton Fire complex that originated in Ochiltree County and spread across Lipscomb, Hemphill, and Roberts counties on March 6 burned more than 318,000 acres, destroyed two homes and caused one death. It was the third largest wildfire in Texas A&M Forest Service history.

Librarian April Dillon told the Canadian Record that she and other staff members want to gather accounts from farmer, ranchers, firefighters and others who fought the fires, as well as information about ongoing relief efforts.

To record the stories, a room is being set up where people can be filmed telling their stories. The library is also seeking photos of the fire that can be scanned.

Those interested in contributing to the project can contact the library at 806-323-8915 or at library79014@gmail.com