Vado Fire Closes NM Highway 478



A total of 51 firefighters from Ana County Fire and Emergency Services and other agencies responded to a brush fire that threatened homes and other structures at 2:58 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at Lechuga Road and NM Highway 478, near Vado.

Highway 478 from Lechuga Road to Franco Road still remains closed to ensure everyone’s safety, with the help of New Mexico State Police and NMDOT.  The County Fire Department asks the public to avoid the area, until further notice.

The fire was mostly brought under control at approximately 11:06 p.m. County firefighters and Bureau of Land Management, BLM remained on scene throughout the night to monitor fire conditions and remain there today, identifying and putting out hot spots.

Nearby residents were temporarily evacuated and they able to return to their homes, late Tuesday afternoon.  No resident injuries were reported.  However, three Doña Ana County firefighters were taken to a local hospital for evaluation and were soon released.

BNSF Railroad cars and a nearby structure did sustain fire damage.  The total acreage affected by the fire and the estimated damage cost have not yet been determined.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Along with BLM, New Mexico State Police, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, Burlington Northern Santa Fe BNSF Railroad Police, Hatch Fire Department and the West Valley Fire Department, ten of the 16 Doña Ana County Fire Stations responded to the fire: 2-Anthony, 4-La Mesa, 5-Organ, 6-Rincon, 7-La Union, 8-Radium Springs, 10-Mesquite, 13-South Valley, 14-Santa Teresa and 15- Las Alturas.

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