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Wildfires update on Monday (May 9) 4PM

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Photo of fire on Blakemore Ranch, Iron Mountain, north of Marathon, May 9, 2011, photo by Marci Roberts for KRTS

KRTS Marfa just spoke with Conrad Arriola from Brewster County Judge Val Beard's office. Judge Beard just completed a meeting with the Texas Forest Service. Arriola told KRTS that the Gage Holland fire on the west side of Alpine has now burned 4,500 acres. But winds were on fire fighters side today, the Texas Forest Service is pretty confident they can get the fire contained tonight or tomorrow.

Additionally, the Blakemore Ranch fire is burning 7-10 miles northeast of Marathon. This fire began around 7:30 AM this (Monday) morning. Currently the fire is located in a canyon, and Texas Forest Service and Marathon VFD don't believe it's moving much at this moment, however smoke is still visible from the fire.

Former KRTS/KXWT News Director