VADO, N.M. (KRQE)- Fire officials are working to find out what sparked a brush fire in southern New Mexico. Doña Ana County Fire & Emergency Services and 51 firefighters from other agencies battled the fires that started at 2:58 p.m. Tuesday, May 19.
The blaze threatened buildings and forced the shutdown of Highway 478 in Vado due to smoke and flames. Dona Ana County says Highway 478 from Lechuga Road to Franco Road remains closed.
Officials say the fire was mostly brought under control at about 11:06 p.m. They also say that county firefighters and Bureau of Land Management, BLM remained at t he scene throughout the night to monitor fire conditions and remain there Wednesday, identifying and putting out hot spots.
Officials say that residents were temporarily evacuated but now are able to return to their homes late Tuesday afternoon. Officials say no resident injuries were reported but three Dona Ana County firefighters were taken to the hospital for evaluation and released.
Officials say that BNSF Railroad cars and a nearby structure did have fire damage. The total acreage of the fire and estimated damage has not been determined yet. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.