High Winds Fuel “Britt” Fire

April 8, 2022

By News Director Jared Atha

Multiple fire crews including the Elk City Fire Department along with the Beckham County Task Force, Roger Mills County Task Force, and crews from Texas responded to a wild fire that as of Friday morning, had consumed over 8,000 acres in Wheeler County, Texas.

Officials with the Beckham County Sheriff’s Office provided an update regarding the ‘Britt’ Fire saying officials previously reported that the fire had traveled across the state line into Beckham County.

According to the sheriff’s office, the forward progress of the fire has stopped because of humidity and decreasing winds, along with efforts from various firefighting agencies.

Officials said the fire could “flare back up” Friday but no communities are currently in harm’s way.

Officials with the Texas A&M Forest Service reported that the fire is estimated at 8,152 acres and is 75% contained as of 9:30a.m. Friday.

No word one what caused the fire. No injuries have been reported.

Fire crews were also on the scene of a grass fire near Willow in northern Greer County. Fire officials said that blaze originated one mile south of county road 1320, and destroyed an abandoned home that was not occupied.

Crews from Carter, Delhi, Granite, and Mangum assisted Willow in battling that fire.

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