Muleshoe fire burns more than 3,000 acres

CNJ staff

A grass fire that closed U.S. 84 between Sudan and Muleshoe Tuesday night took West Texas fire departments about three hours to extinguish.

Muleshoe volunteer firefighter Wayne Wallace said the fire was out by around 11:30 p.m. (CST).

Bailey County Judge Sherri Harrison said the fire rekindled from earlier in the day, burning more than 3,000 acres.

Crews from Amarillo and the Texas Forest Service helped fight the fire.

Wednesday, Xcel Energy asked customers in Sudan, Muleshoe, Farwell and Morton to conserve energy while repairs were made to a key transmission line damaged by the fire.

Power was restored to the lines by Wednesday afternoon, according to Xcel Energy’s website.

The fire is being called the Wiseman Fire, after the property owner on whose land the blaze started. The cause of the fire is under investigation.