VADO, NM (KTSM) — Two firefighters were taken to a local hospital after being on the scene of a large brush fire near Vado. It started before 6 p.m. Tuesday and is threatening nearby structures, according to the Doña Ana County Fire Department.
Fire Investigator Arturo Herrera tells KTSM it began on the west side of the railroad tracks near NM-478 and Lechuga Road in Vado and quickly spread south.
Two Doña Ana County Firefighters were taken to local hospitals for evaluation of minor injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
KTSM’s photographer reports the area is heavily wooded with what appear to be pecan trees. Nearby farms have been evacuated.
Traffic on NM-478 is closed in both directions as firefighters work to extinguish the wildfire.