EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Crews with the El Paso Fire Department (EPPD) and Sunland Park Fire Department (SPFD) battled a large, smoky brush fire in the Upper Valley.

The flames first broke out around 5 p.m., near Doniphan Drive and Crossroads.

Units with the El Paso Police Department have blocked off Doniphan Drive at Mesa Street in both directions, to provide crews space to stage and battle the fire.

There are no reports of any injuries or damage to structures.

One homeowner showing KTSM 9 News how the fire came close to his back fence.

“I am completely in shock because this was so pretty, I never saw those buildings over there and now it’s completely burned,” said Angel Alvarez as he pointed to burned trees.

“Thank God… my dog is good and my son and I hope nobody but it’s a rare situation because why, why did it start burning,” said Alvarez.

After the fire was contained and animal sanctuary came out searching for animals who lost their homes in the fire.

“A lot of the wildlife right now because it’s spring time are nesting there’s nests there’s eggs there’s babies of ducks there’s a lot of things going on that a lot of people don’t see because its well hidden in the reeds in the trees and all that’s gone it’s just devastating,” said Jaime Morales with the Stick House Sanctuary.

A spokesperson for the El Paso Fire Department says 50 firefighters fought the blaze, and it was under control around 6 p.m. However, firefighters could still be seen in the area around 10 p.m.

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