Firefighters Battle Grass Blazes From Post To The Panhandle

Wildfires across the region kept firefighters busy yesterday. Heavy smoke from one blaze briefly closed seven miles of I-27 in Hale County. One structure northeast of Hale Center reportedly was burned. At Lubbock, a grass fire that covered more than 1,200 acres west of Reese Center was considered 95 percent contained by yesterday afternoon. In south Lubbock County the Woodrow Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a small grass fire near FM 41 and Slide Road. Ten miles northeast of Post, the 2,000-acre Middleton Fire was considered 60 percent contained, according to the Texas Forestry Service.  In the Panhandle, Palo Duro Canyon State Park remains closed after a wildfire raced toward the canyon Tuesday. The park was evacuated as winds up to 30 miles an hour blew a grassfire from four miles southeast of Canyon toward the park. Also evacuated was the Ceta Canyon Methodist Church camp.

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