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Wildfire destroys over 100 homes near Amarillo

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(KCEN) -- Hundreds of people remain in shelters tonight as a wildfire threatens an entire town outside of Amarillo.


The Fritch fire that started late Sunday afternoon had destroyed as many as 100 homes before midnight.

The flames are driven by strong, shifting winds that ripped through the brush in the Panhandle, causing thick black smoke.

Wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour have been reported.

Fire crews in Fritch say the blaze covers hundreds of acres and puts their entire town at risk.

"The Red Cross is there to meet with them, give them anything they might need," Amarillo Fire Department District Chief Dan Bush said.

The fire threatens more than one thousand homes tonight.
 
Seven- to eight-hundred people evacuated, seeking shelter.

While the wind is blamed for fanning the flames, it's not clear yet what exactly caused such a destructive wildfire.

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