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Texas Wildfires Claim the Lives of 3 Attempting to Save Cattle in Gray County

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A Gray County judge confirmed on Monday morning (March 6) that three people have been killed resulting from wildfires that burned there through Sunday night. Gray County’s Emergency Management Coordinator Sandi Martin identified the individuals as Cody Crockett, Sydney Wallace (pictured above), and Sloan Everett, a local rancher.

Texas Wildfires Claim the Lives of Three Attempting to Save Cattle in Gray County

Photo: Facebook/Mary Adams Ballou

The fire started at approximately 4 p.m. in southeast Pampa, and thereafter, residents were quickly advised to evacuate. Judge Richard Peet stated that the trio were trying to save cattle from the wildfires when one died from smoke inhalation and the other two from burns, the former passing away at 10 p.m., and the latter two being airlifted to Amarillo and Lubbock, however succumbing to their injuries.

Texas Wildfires Claim the Lives of Three Attempting to Save Cattle in Gray County

Photo: Facebook/Texas A&M Forest Service

County officials have estimated that more than 100,000 acres were destroyed by the wildfires, and Judge Peet noted that they were called under control at approximately 4:15 a.m. after over a dozen agencies had been called to assist the fight. Officials are presently working to confirm how many cattle were lost, however, no known structures were taken. Texas fire marshals have been in Gray County today investigating the deaths as well as the original cause of the wildfires.

Source:

Amarillo Globe-News