FINAL UPDATE: The Desert Haven fire is under control, fire officials said about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 5. Texas A&M Forest Service is assisting looking for and extinguishing any hotspots. Three unoccupied structures were destroyed by the fire. No injuries were reported. The fire burned 3,550 acres.
UPDATE: The Desert Haven fire is now 50 percent contained, fire officials said in an update shortly before midnight Tuesday, April 4. The fire has burned 3,552 acres. No injuries have been reported.
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM)- A large brush fire broke out in Desert Haven, Texas, an unincorporated community east of El Paso in Hudspeth County.
The fire has burned about 1,000 acres, fire officials say. It is zero percent contained as of about 7 p.m. Officials were still assessing containment progress later in the evening.
Fire operations continue into the night. Fire officials say several structures were damaged and are being assessed to determine if anyone lived there.
The fire has happening near State Highway 62-180 between mile makers 54 to 65 and is reported to be moving quickly, according to the Texas Rescue Patrol’s Facebook page. That is out near the Border Patrol Station.
According to the post, the fire is on both sides of the highway and that portion of the highway was closed for about two hours. At about 7 p.m., the Texas Department of Transportation said that the highway was reopened in both directions.
Multiple fire agencies have responded, including El Paso, Montana Vista, Horizon, Dell City and Desert Haven fire departments. The Texas Department of Safety is also on the scene.
No injuries have been reported at this time.
There have been no mandatory evacuations, but if the fire is heading in your direction officials recommend you vacate your premises.