Some two dozen area firefighting units have been involved trying to control a massive fire that was ignited by lightning strikes Friday night in Dickens County. By yesterday the wild grassfire had scorched over 70,000 acres. Officials said the blaze was about 50 percent contained. Critical fire conditions persist across the South Plains today because of high temperatures and gusty southwest winds. A Red Flag Warning has been issued against starting fires outdoors. The National Weather Service says the fire danger is high on the Caprock and into parts of the Rolling Plains.
Dickens Fire Reported Fifty Percent Contained After 70,000 Acres Burn