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Amarillo firefighters battling fire near 9th

Fire crews battle flames near 9th and State Loop 335. (KVII)

UPDATE: 12:57 a.m.

Amarillo Fire Department officials tell ABC 7 News the #NinthAvenue fire and a couple small grass fires ignited from the high winds blowing embers from the original fire are all under control.

AFD Captain Larry Davis said crews responded to the fire, which started by a downed power line near SW 9th Avenue and Soncy, just after 7 p.m.

He said the fire was south of SW 9th and heading towards the Amarillo Medical Complex.

Many of the medical facilities were preparing for possible evacuations, but evacuations were never ordered, according to AFD.

The fire did burn close to several businesses, but Davis said no buildings sustained any fire damage.

Davis tells ABC 7 News that by 9:24pm, forward progression of the fire had stopped and the fire was considered 85% contained.

AFD said an estimated 400 acres have burned from this fire.

Officials said no injuries were reported and no structures were lost.

Several agencies, including AFD, Potter County Fire, Texas A&M Forest Service, and the Amarillo Street Department stopped the fire.

Fire crews will remain on scene throughout the night putting out spot fires and hot spots, according to Davis.


UPDATE: 11:30 p.m.

Amarillo Firefighters confirm the fire has re-ignited this evening north of 9th near Soncy.


UPDATE: 10:18 p.m.

Amarillo Fire officials confirmed that the wildfire was started by a downed power line.


UPDATE: 9:13 p.m.

The Texas A&M Forest Service has been released from the fire in Northwest Amarillo.

Officials said there is a containment line around the blaze and no structures were lost.



ORIGINAL STORY: The Amarillo Office of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents on and near 9th Avenue and State Loop 335 area.

According to officials, a fire crossed 9th onto Soncy and is spreading east. First responders on the scene will provide instructions as to where residents need to evacuate.

Several agencies have responded to the blaze north of the hospital district. The fire has been reported as being 50 percent contained at 400 acres.

Currently, no structures appear to be threatened.


This is a developing story. ABC 7 Amarillo will provide updates as soon as they become available.

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