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UPDATE: Brush fire along Texas-New Mexico stateline contained

By Staff Report
Published On: May 20 2013 06:41:47 PM CDT
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 07:55:12 PM CST

Courtesy: Gabbie Wollschlager

A fire broke out in the Upper Valley, threatening several homes on May 20, 2013. Courtesy: Gabbie Wollschlager

EL PASO, Texas -

Exhausted fire crews worked into early Tuesday morning battling a wind-fueled brush fire that started on the Texas-New Mexico stateline Monday afternoon.

The fire was contained around midnight with a controlled burn. By 2 a.m. fire crews in Dona Ana County and El Paso cleared the scene.

Tuesday morning smoke still be seen coming from the charred brush along the Rio Grande.

On Monday afternoon the flames hopped the Rio Grande and were threatening Santa Teresa Middle School in Santa Teresa, N.M.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's spokeswoman says some structures in New Mexico were damaged.

El Paso Fire officials said that damages included one shed and several trees and brush along the canal. The fire did not extend into any homes and families were not displaced.

"It's amazing how fast it's happening," said Doug Bevins, who lives nearby. "I've only been here 10 minutes, maybe. But oh my gosh. ... It's very dangerous."

Crews were dispatched before 5 p.m., and about 10 p.m. another fire flared up in  the area.  Samuel Rodriguez, deputy fire chief for the El Paso Fire Department, said the fire was contained about 7:30 p.m.

The blaze did displace residents, but Rodriguez said it's too soon to tell how many people were forced to evacuate. He said the Red Cross will be lending assistance.

Rodriguez said firefighters who got there before 5 started showing signs of heat exhaustion. Two firefighters were taken to a hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion. No other injuries were reported.

The fire started near the area of Portsmouth and Meadowlark. Residents in the area were ordered to evacuate.

There were at least four pumpers from La Union, Sunland Park, Santa Teresa and El Paso being used to fight the fire with a call on the scanner that could be heard asking for more equipment to be sent out.

Officials have not determined the cause of the fire.

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