Smoke and flames from area grassfires cause hazardous driving conditions in some places. Last night U.S. Highway 84 between Snyder and Post was shut down for a time because of limited visibility. The highway has since been reopened. The fire spread over 3500 acres in and around Garza and Scurry counties. In Lubbock, an afternoon grass fire within sight of several homes and businesses closed a westbound lane on the Clovis Highway across from the Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theatre. And a blaze that went on for hours in Lynn County burned 1700 acres northwest of Tahoka before finally being brought under control yesterday afternoon. Firefighters from New Home, Tahoka and O’Donnell, as well as the forestry department and even local farmers got involved battling those flames. Today the National Weather Service expects extremely critical fire weather conditions to develop across most of the area due to strong westerly winds and near-record dryness. A Red Flag warning is in effect for the Caprock and most of the adjacent Rolling Plains until 11 tonight.
U.S. 84 Reopens After Closing Between Post And Snyder Due To Smoke