ELGIN-- Two fires near Elgin and Fletcher burned about 5,000 acres on Saturday in northern Comanche County according to the Elgin Fire Department. The first started Saturday afternoon around 1:30 along Highway 277 south of I-44. Firefighters say the warm weather and strong winds fueled the flames and they began to spread rapidly. Between 50 and 65 homes were evacuated as the fire grew closer to them.
"An open field fire, you know you can make a fire break and stop it and contain it that way," said Elgin Fire Chief Mike Baker. "But this fire is in a densely wooded area with houses. We can't back burn anything or we'll worsen the problem. So we're going to be here all night and two or three days. There's trees everywhere and with the wind, it's going to be a headache."
No homes were burnt, but many did have some heavy smoke damage. Another fire broke out out to east around 120th Street and Meers-Porter Hill Road. Firefighters did get some assistance from the state. The Agriculture and Forestry Division sent in a plane to drop flame retardant on the fire.