The Texas Forestry Service is doing its own assessment of the scope of the Garza County fire that swept an estimated 6,000 acres Sunday and early Monday. The flames and smoke from the wind-driven fire forced the closing of U.S. Highway 84 for nine hours and ruined enough of the Santa Fe rail line to keep it shut down. Visibility problems and driver safety concerns had prompted officials to detour traffic around Highway 84, from Farm-to-Market 1269 to Farm-to-Market 669. Officials are now keeping an eye on smouldering tree stumps and other ashes. There has been no reported loss of homes or livestock from the fire. In New Mexico, a wind-driven fire got onto the property of Ruidoso Downs and Casino, and burned the corner of one barn. Ruidoso Downs officials said the fire continued to burn nearby yesterday but was no threat to the track and its casino.
State Forestry Officials Size Up Garza County Wildfire