Dalhart Fire Chief gives thanks to area agencies
By Robin Scott
Late Tuesday evening, July 14th a fire broke out at the Beck Ranch, located about 30 miles southwest of Dalhart. The fire began at approximately 7:00 p.m. and ultimately didn’t succumb to firemen until July 15th. The Dalhart Fire Department responded to the fire, which quickly grew. Assistance rolled in from the Sedan Fire Department in New Mexico and the Texline Fire Department. The firemen worked through the night to battle the blaze that consumed 920 acres.
By 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning the fire rekindled, and firemen went back out to put out the new fire that took another 520 acres. The Dalhart Fire Department was again dispatched to the fire. Help during the second fire came from the Texline Fire Department, the Hartley Fire Department and the Clayton Fire Department. Also responding early Wednesday were members of the Hartley County Sheriff’s Office and Hartley County road crews. Fire Chief Brown stated, “Even a few farmers with tractors came out to help.”
The firemen were hindered by the sandy landscape out on the ranch. Fire Chief Brown noted, “This land was very sandy and hard to get around on.” The fire was finally subdued and the firemen were able to take a much needed break. Fire Chief Brown noted, “We are very thankful to everyone who came out and helped put out this fire. We can’t do this without help, and we so appreciate it when these men and women come out to assist.”
The nearly 24-hour battle with the fire on the Beck Ranch was likely caused by lightning, but unfortunately very little rain fell. According to the U. S. Fire Administration (USFA), lighting is responsible for more than 17,000 fires in the United States each year. Approximately 55 percent of those occur outdoors and the most dangerous months are June through August. The website for the Administration provides helpful fire safety awareness and safety information, including for people in rural areas.
For more information visit www.usfa.dhs.gov or contact the Dalhart Fire Department at 244.5454.