WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Nearly 300 firefighters, including many volunteers from Texoma, have stepped up to fill a need in the Texas panhandle as wildfires continue to burn out of control.
Fires have been burning since last Tuesday. The Bowman Volunteer Fire department has helped in Claude, Texas. Their EMS Captain, Richard Farmer, said, "We're an active part of a task force now, so we're manning an engine from Claude…."
The fire is 20% contained and covers more than 70,000 acres.
It has affected the communities of Mallard and Goodnight.
Farmer said, "Temperatures are picking up and winds are picking up a little bit, so the fire is starting to come to life so to speak. We've got a little bit of active fire behavior now."
Helicopters and air tankers dropped water and retardant throughout the day to contain the fire. Bowman's task force manned engines and went to various hot spots along the main fire.
Farmer said there are firefighters throughout the state and country that continue to help. He said, "We're just asking everyone to keep us in their prayers – and the residents who've been affected by this in their prayers."
There is no word yet on how many homes or structures the fire has reached. Thunderstorms are expected to roll through overnight which may help reduce fire activity in that area.
There have been no evacuations ordered, but a flight restriction has been put over the area: