Fire Still Burning but Weakening Near Candelaria on US-Mexico Border

Presidio Fire Chief Miguel Gonzalez tells KRTS the Presidio Emergency Services District and residents of Candelaria are continuing to monitor the fire that’s been burning on the border in southern Presidio County this week.

There aren’t any fire trucks currently on the scene, but Gonzalez says crews worked to protect the flames from reaching backyards and houses in Candelaria over the past two days.

Today a few pockets of fire about 100-150 feet long have been burning about 3-4 miles north of the town.

Crews have had a hard time reaching the fire that initially started on the Mexican side of the border near the town of San Antonio del Bravo and jumped the Rio Grande into Texas earlier this week. The fire has been burning in rugged brush-land where roads and access are limited.

Some of the fire's destruction is shown in this picture from Monday looking toward San Antonio del Bravo in Mexico (Oscar Moreno)

Some of the fire’s destruction is shown in this picture looking toward San Antonio del Bravo in Mexico, taken on Monday, April 21, 2014 (Oscar Moreno)

According to Gonzalez, yesterday the fire was burning near the Rio Grande and between the towns of Candelaria and Ruidosa. He says the fire is reaching a pasture with relatively low fuels, and that the fire appears to be dying out.

Flames overtake rugged lands in south Presidio County near the Texas towns of Ruidosa and Candelaria (Oscar Moreno)

Flames overtake rugged lands in south Presidio County near the Texas towns of Ruidosa and Candelaria on Monday, April 21, 2014 (Oscar Moreno)

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