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Update for Sunday (May 8) at 1 PM

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At 12:30 PM, KRTS reporter Daniel Hernandez began investigating reports of a wildfire in Paisano Pass, between Alpine and Marfa, and we've since spoken to several eyewitnesses on the radio, including John Waters (Publisher of the Big Bend Gazette), Robert Flanders, and David Keller.

The fire appears to have started burning a mile west of the rest area along Highway 67/90, just west of Alpine. The fire is burning on the west side of Toronto Mountain. Some reports indicated it may have started near the Union Pacific railroad tracks. The fire is moving at a slow rate to the northeast. The proximity to Sunny Glen (residential area in Alpine) is still distant, according to public information officer Jerry Rohnert.

Smoke is building on western outskirts of Alpine.

Alpine Volunteer Fire Department on scene. Marfa VFD investigating, as well. Fort Davis resources there, too. Fixed-wing aircraft above the site. Two large air tankers from the Texas Forest Service on site.

Fire started on the Gage Holland Ranch, moved into the McIntrye/Morrow Ranch. Officials are calling for no gawkers to the area.

Former KRTS/KXWT News Director