Several area fire departments and multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a large wildfire near Holliday Sunday afternoon along Highway 82.
Melvin Joyner with the WCSO said there was a mandatory evacuation in the areas near highways 82, 258 and Old State Road. All roads leading to this area were closed.
Joyner called the fire “very, very dangerous” and urged everyone Sunday to stay away from the area.
Crews were discussing possible evacuations and road closures as the fire continued to spread, threatening some nearby structures. Parts of U.S. Highway 277 were closed for the safety of the public and fire crews.
Westbound traffic was blocked at the intersection of FM 369.
Joyner with the WCSO said fighting the multiple blazes was a team effort of the Wichita West VFD, Texas A&M Forest Service, Wichita East VFD, Wichita Falls Fire Department, Holliday VFD, Friberg Cooper VFD, Lake Arrowhead VFD, Lake Kickapoo VFD, Bowman VFD, Arrowhead Ranch Estates VFD, Jolly VFD, Scotland VFD, Seymour VFD, Iowa Park VFD, Lakeside City VFD, Dean Dale VFD and Kamay VFD.
Wichita Falls Police Department, Iowa Park Police Department, Archer County Sheriff’s Office, Holliday Police Department, Texas Department Of Public Safety and the Texas Parks and Wildlife all sent officers to assist with traffic control, evacuations and to warn residents of the fire. American Medical Response and Texas Department of Transportation also assisted.
Through the hard work of the firefighters, no residential structures were lost, but an estimated 900 acres of land burned.