Texas panhandle fire update


(NBC) -- Texas panhandle residents forced to evacuate by raging wildfires last weekend returned to their homes Wednesday, many finding little to salvage and waiting for insurance adjusters.

Fritch-area residents were allowed back in the four sq. miles evacuation zone as of mid-morning Wednesday.

As of Thursday morning, the fire was fully contained, according to officials.

The forest service said residual fires are primarily in the form of hotspots.

At least 156 structures, more than half of them homes, were destroyed by the fire that broke out Sunday.

Authorities have attributed the death of one person from an apparent heart attack to the fire.

The area, about 30 miles northeast of Amarillo, is in the most severe drought stage after months of little rainfall.

For several in Hutchinson county, Wednesday morning's trip back home was the first stop on the road to recovery.

Lake Meredith National recreation area, West and North of Fritch, also reopened on Wednesday, though some areas remain inaccessible due to road closures.


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