Palo Duro Canyon State Park Closed Due to Fire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CANYON, Texas (AP) A wildfire has closed Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle as emergency crews work to put out the blaze.

No injuries were immediately reported in the fire that scorched about 15 acres and closed the park Tuesday for safety reasons. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says the fire was contained Monday and the more than 20,000-acre park should reopen Wednesday.

Park official Mark Hassell says about 80 campers departed Monday night.

Emergency personnel face possible strong winds in extinguishing the blaze. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the area until early Wednesday. The park remains under a burn ban, meaning no campfires or use of fireplaces.

Authorities did not immediately say what they believe sparked the wildfire at the park near Canyon.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 249453191 -
Gray Television, Inc.