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Date: 02/27/24 17:39
Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: stevelv

I heard the DS tell an EB leaving leaving the crew change at Winslow, AZ that all eastbound trains are limited to 45 mph from there to Belen.  He said the reason why is because trains were already stacking up at Amarillo because of the fires.  A little bit of info here with much more out there.  https://abc7amarillo.com/news/local/wildfires-day-2-four-active-wildfires-burning-in-texas-panhandle-evacuations-possible#



Date: 02/27/24 18:07
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: dan

all over the west, we got snow in colorado today many places!

this week big fire between north Platte and cozad, north of the tracks, 50 mph winds

Cheyenne, air force academy some others.

Hopefully Amarillo gets some precip, don't see any,   perhaps the winds will die down there?



Date: 02/27/24 20:18
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: Seventyfive

The North Platte fire was reportedly caused by a lawn mower.  Who on earth is mowing a lawn in February?
As seen on several weather channels, the Texas Panhandle fires look catastrophic.  Hope and pray for rain.



Date: 02/27/24 23:13
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: Drknow

The upper Midwest and northern Plains have been dry as a popcorn fart for at least three years now. Rivers are as low as most people under 80 have ever seen. Actually other than anomalous years like 93 the last 40 years have been generally getting dry and warmer.

How about Devils Lake, North Dakota? Is it still rising like crazy?

Not even going to mention …

Regards

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Date: 02/28/24 08:04
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: mapboy

Some Zs ad Qs being detoured via Fort Worth to get around the wildfire on the Transcon.  There are many fires in the Panhandle, some requiring evacuations.  Updated report-  https://abc7amarillo.com/news/local/wildfires-day-2-four-active-wildfires-burning-in-texas-panhandle-evacuations-possible#

mapboy



Date: 02/28/24 08:32
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: usmc1401

Any chance of freight detours over the pass that Amtrak uses.



Date: 02/28/24 08:40
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: Milw_E70

usmc1401 Wrote:
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> Any chance of freight detours over the pass that
> Amtrak uses.

Zero



Date: 02/28/24 17:55
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: Cumbres

I saw a west bound stack train heading through Hutchinson, KS this morning on the passenger main to La Junta. Not sure what it's routing will be farther west. Reportedly is an LA bound train.

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Date: 02/28/24 18:17
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: dan

maybe hop on the UP to Vaughn or something



Date: 02/28/24 19:15
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: Milw_E70

Cumbres Wrote:
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> I saw a west bound stack train heading through
> Hutchinson, KS this morning on the passenger main
> to La Junta. Not sure what it's routing will be
> farther west. Reportedly is an LA bound train.
>
> Posted from Android

Got on the UP at Hutch

Main 1 should be reopening any moment now, Main 2 lost three spans at the bridge over the Canadian River and will most likely be OOS for several days

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Date: 02/29/24 07:05
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: Rich888

Amarillo is having light snow at this hour. A good sign, yes?



Date: 02/29/24 08:06
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: BAB

Seventyfive Wrote:
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> The North Platte fire was reportedly caused by a
> lawn mower.  Who on earth is mowing a lawn in
> February?
> As seen on several weather channels, the Texas
> Panhandle fires look catastrophic.  Hope and pray
> for rain.
Well no rain or wind blows grass and other vegetation dry, also have grass that should be cut here just outside of Klamath falls OR its green. So dont see the problem with getting a mower to start one.



Date: 02/29/24 08:11
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: dan

sparks on windy days causes problems



Date: 02/29/24 09:47
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: PHall

dan Wrote:
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> sparks on windy days causes problems

When it's dry you don't even need the wind.



Date: 02/29/24 14:44
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: LocoPilot750

Noon news said the fire in Texas is the largest ever in their modern history, burned over a million acres.



Date: 02/29/24 15:03
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: goneon66




Date: 02/29/24 15:20
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: dan

PHall Wrote:
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> dan Wrote:
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> -----
> > sparks on windy days causes problems
>
> When it's dry you don't even need the wind.

not but easier to contain the fire, you see farmers burning weeds mowing them getting ready for the summer, ranchers burning slash in the mountains, and  they think they mitigating risks, but then they do it on high wind days...oops  there are days when the am is calm then things change, but anymore the NWS is on it , has the warnings out well in advance



Date: 03/01/24 04:37
Re: Wildfires east of Amarillo
Author: dcfbalcoS1

                  Unless they have a real good explanation I bet a lot of these fires were set purposely. My son and I were 1/4 mile behind a young guy in a pickup a few years sgo who was tossing his version of fire settingbonbs out. Windy day and they were very effective. I would also bet my money there was more than a few setting these fires. Some burned only a half section, others jumped even dirt roads to get other fields and of course many were in thick dead grasslands and tumble weeds. That burns nearly like gasoline.



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