UPDATE, 4/27, 5:35 p.m. - Rockhouse Fire Update: Officials have dropped the containment level of the fire from 75 percent to 66 percent on Wednesday after the blaze grew by about 40,000 acres on Tuesday alone. 275,378 acres have already been burned.
UPDATE, 4/27, 3:00 p.m. - Texas Forest Service Update: Colorado City Mitchell County Fire - 1,000 acres, 75% containment. 3 homes lost, reported as unoccupied. 2 TFS task forces of dozers and engines assisting Mitchell County fire units as well as air assistance. Fire area is near Champion Creek Reservoir area.
UPDATE, 4/27, 12:50 p.m. - Texas Forest Service Update: Ector/Crane Co. Pleasant Farms Fire - 28,000 acres, no containment estimate. This wind-driven fire started yesterday afternoon. The C-Bar Fire, in Crane County, combined with the Pleasant Farms Fire last night. It has been reported that one abandoned structure was lost.
UPDATE, 4/27, 12:45 p.m. - Texas Forest Service Update: Irion County Scott Ranch Fire - 10,000 acres, 40% contained. Started yesterday afternoon. Currently burning 12 miles NNE of Barnhart.
UPDATE, 4/27, 12:30 p.m. - Rock House Fire Update from Reeves County Emergency Management: Fires near Toyahvale and Balmorhea have pretty much burned themselves out. Residents evacuated in the areas near the State Park and Hwy 17 has been allowed to return home. Fire continues to burn in the "Cherry Canyon" about 25 miles west of town. The state park remains closed for precautionary reasons.
UPDATE, 4/27, 12:00 p.m. - We just spoke with Fire Officials in Jal, NM about the fires they had in their neck of the woods. We're told the fires are contained and pretty much out. No structures damaged. Some poly lines and power poles as well as rail road ties were damaged.
UPDATE, 11:26 p.m. - The Crane County Sheriff's Office says crews have the fire west of Crane contained. It is 8 to 10 miles west of town. Basin Estates and the nursing home west of town remain evacuated, but will hopefully be allowed back home as soon as possible.
UPDATE, 11:09 p.m. - Ector County Sheriff's Office is reporting that all evacuation orders for the Pleasant Farms area have been lifted. All roads are reopened in that area.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m. - The New Mexico State Forest Service is reporting that the Doom Fire's forward progress has been stopped and crews will remain on the scene putting out hotspots. The Fulfer fire, which was burning near Jal, is also under control and crews will also remain on scene putting out hotspots.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m. - Residents in the area between Highway 385 west to Diamond Avenue and Papaw Street south to Conestoga Lane need to evacuate. The only evacuation route is south on Highway 385. Emergency Management Crews are working with the American Red Cross to establish a shelter for those residents being evacuated. More information regarding the shelter will be released as soon as it is available.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m. - The northeast point of the Rock House fire sparked up on Tuesday and headed to Balmorhea. The fire is currently headed toward Highway 17. The fire is currently 12 miles away from Balmorhea. Officials are saying the winds are carrying the fire away from the City of Balmorhea.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m. - The Winkler County Sheriff's Office reports Highway 18 between Kermit and Jal is now open.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m. - NewsWest 9 has learned that the nursing home that was put on standby near Crane is now being evacuated at this time.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m. - Highway 385 is closed from Sundown Street all the way to the city of Crane. If you need to get to Crane tonight, you will need to take an alternate route.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m. - The fire in Mitchell County is near Lake Champion near FM 208. Evacuations are in effect between 644 and 2836. Homes are in danger at this time.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m. - The fire near Crane is between Highway 329 and FM 1601. Officials are evacuating areas in the Hollyfield Addition. Caprock is being evacuated as a precaution. A nursing home near the fire is on standby to be evacuated. Highway 329 is closed off at this time.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m. - A DPS Trooper on the scene of the fire in Pleasant Farms is telling NewsWest 9's Geena Martinez that multiple structures have been lost. Officials are not sure if they are homes.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m. - The entire area of Pleasant Farms is being evacuated at this time due to a fire. The intersection of Papaw and Quartz is closed off at this time, including all of Quartz. According to Sgt. Duesler, there are reports that one structure has been burned. Highway 385 is also blocked off in the area.
UPDATE, 6:50 p.m. - NewsWest 9 just spoke with officials in Pecos County. There are no reports of any fires burning in Pecos County at this time.
UPDATE, 6:26 p.m. - NewsWest 9 has learned that a fire threatened 150 homes in Howard County. The fire was located at FM 700 & Highway 350. Crews are still working the fire at this time.
UPDATE, 5:48 p.m. - NewsWest 9 has learned that the Rockhouse fire is prompting evacuations of some homes in the area around Highway 17 and the State Park area. The State Park itself has not been evacuated.
UPDATE, 5:35 p.m. - NewsWest 9 has learned that a fire is burning south of Balmorhea at this time. According to Alpine Volunteers, the fire is burning 6 miles from town. Alpine is sending crews to help out.
UPDATE, 5:29 p.m. - NewsWest 9 has learned the fire burning on FM 1053 is now contained. Crews are currently working on hot spots.
UPDATE, 5:26 p.m. - From the New Mexico State Forestry: The Fulfer Fire is approximately 20 acres and is burning about a mile south of Jal along State Highway 18, mile marker 8. Highway 18 has been closed in this area. The Jal Fire Department and the BLM are responding to this incident.
UPDATE, 5:25 p.m. - From the New Mexico State Forestry, The Doom Fire is eight miles north of Jal, burning approximately 200 acres of privately owned grassland. Local resources and a NM State Forestry Engine Strike team are responding. No structures are threatened at this time. The fire started along State Highway 18 and is moving toward the Texas State Line.
UPDATE, 5:11 p.m. - NewsWest 9 has learned of a fire burning in Irion County. The fire is burning west of Mertzon, north of Barnhart at FM 2469 and Highway 163.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. - Westbound Highway 302 has been closed due to a grassfire.
UPDATE, 4:21 p.m. - NewsWest 9 has learned of a fire burning on the CBar Ranch in Crane County. The fire is located on the Crane/Ector County Line. The fire is located along Highway 385.
UPDATE, 3:56 p.m. - Radar shows another fire burning in far northern Loving County as well.
UPDATE, 3:55 p.m. - It looks like the smokey conditions being reported in Fort Stockton are from the Rock House fire north of Fort Davis. Doppler radar shows smoke extending from northern Jeff Davis County to eastern Pecos County.
UPDATE, 3:54 p.m. - Water restrictions have been lifted in Lovington, following yesterday's grassfire that burned 25,000 acres and narrowly missed the Navajo Refinery. The fire swept thru the city's water well fields, but we're told there was little damage.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m. - A large fire is burning in West Odessa at FM 1053 and Interstate 20.
UPDATE, 3:51 p.m. - NewsWest 9 has learned of grassfires that are burning near Jal at this time. It's in the "Frying Pan" area in that triangle space between Jal, Eunice and Andrews. We're told crews from all three departments are responding to two fires in that area. We're still working to gather more information on this fire.
There are numerous fires that are burning in the area. Dangerously dry conditions and high winds are creating an extreme fire danger across the area.