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Desert Haven Fire in Hudspeth County now under control according to EPFD

BUTTERFIELD, Texas (KVIA) -- UPDATE: As of 5:45 p.m., Paul Arteche, the Desert Haven Fire Chief, told us the fire burned 1942 acres out of the 3000 acres involved. He also shared what his crew believes caused the fire. While the power never went out in the region, the power lines are suspected of sparking due to strong winds, which potentially ignited the dry fuels on the desert floor.

ORIGINAL POST: On Tuesday, a large brush fire broke out in the Desert Haven neighborhood in northern Hudspeth County. The fire was initially estimated to be around 500-1,000 acres in size but grew to over 3,500 acres, according to Enrique Dueñas, the El Paso Fire Department spokesperson.

By Wednesday morning, Duenas tweeted:

FINAL UPDATE - Desert Haven Fire: Fire is now under control. Texas A&M Forest Service assisting by looking for and extinguishing any remaining hotspots. Three unoccupied structures were destroyed by the fire. No injuries reported. 3550 acres affected.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Viewer, the fire remains around 600 acres, and is 90% contained.

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