4 p.m. UPDATE: Two backhoes are now in use to separate large debris from the remaining pile of burning materials. As the materials are separated, a mixture of water and foam and moist sand is being applied to suppress the fire, which is now 75 percent contained.

Preliminary damage estimates stand at $26,000, with the mobile home and a small, nearby sport-utility vehicle completely destroyed. A cause has not yet been determined, but an investigation is underway by the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department.

2:34 p.m. UPDATE: A family of four was displaced by today’s fire. The American Red Cross is on scene and will coordinate for the family’s short-term shelter, food and clothing needs. The family consists of a man, a woman and two children, ages 5 months and 18 months.
Firefighters continue to encounter hot spots in the tire pile and in nearby dried vegetation and tree stumps. Fire suppression of these hot spots will continue until the incident commander decides that the fire poses no further imminent threat to other nearby inhabited dwellings or properties.

There remain no injuries to report.

1:40 p.m. UPDATE: An exterior wall of a second mobile home west of the original mobile home caught fire but was extinguished quickly before that home was seriously damaged.

Units from the Town of Mesilla and the Mesquite Volunteer Fire District are now on scene assisting with the suppression and control efforts that remain underway, associated with the tires and vegetation.

There remain no injuries to report.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. There are no damage estimates at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY: Fire crews from the Fairacres and Doña Ana Volunteer Fire Districts, joined by personnel and equipment from the City of Las Cruces, are battling a large fire west of the Rio Grandé and south of U.S. 70. The fire is under control at this time.

Heavy spectator traffic on both U.S. 70 and N.M. 292 are impeding the flow of emergency personnel to the scene.

Firefighters were called at 12:10 p.m. to a mobile home at 3530 W. Picacho. Upon arrival, the mobile home was 25 percent involved and rapidly spreading. The residents of the mobile home arrived on scene and confirmed no one was inside at the time of the fire.

At this time, there are no civilian or firefighter injuries or casualties.

The fire is under control at this time, although it has spread to a pile of tree stumps and tires nearby, creating thick, black smoke in the area. Firefighters are working to protect other nearby mobile homes and structures.

Media are asked to stage on the east side of the Rio Grandé in La Llorona Park.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews: may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.