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Several agencies respond to large grass fire

Photo by Kati Walker

UPDATE: Sundown officials have given the all clear for residents south of FM 301 to return to their residence. However, firefighters are continuing to work the blaze as it moves east towards U.S. Highway 385.

Several agencies responded to a large grass fire southwest of Levelland, near Sundown, in Yoakum, Cochran and Hockley Counties.

The fire was reported at 1:11 p.m. Tuesday, near FM 1780. By 3 p.m., the fire had spread several miles west to FM 303.

At 3:15 p.m., authorities had blocked southbound FM 303 as crews attempted to knock the fire down.

At 4:11 p.m., David Corder, Hockley County Emergency Mangement Coordinator reported  they had evacuated a few homes south of FM 301. The town had not been evacuated that time.

Curtis Shrader, city administrator for Sundown, reported at 4:18 p.m. that homes south of FM 301 had been advised to seek alternative shelter. He said if the fire got closer to town authorities may take further action if necessary. He said those needing a place to stay could go to the practice gym at the Sundown High School.

Several maintainers were called to the scene from Hockley, Cochran and Yoakum Counties.

On the scene was Meadow, Brownfield, Whtieface, Sundown, Levelland, Morton and Plains Fire Departments.

David Corder, emergency management coordinator also requested assistance from the Department of Forest Services.

At least one truck got stuck in soft sand and at least two firefighters were checked by EMS.

Sundown Fire and Rescue was also on scene, close to FM 1780.

At 3:42 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters were still fighting the blaze

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