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Fire Still Burning but Weakening Near Candelaria on US-Mexico Border

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This picture from Wednesday, April 23, 2014 shows the fire burning near the Rio Grande and homes in Candaleria. (Oscar Moreno)

Presidio Fire Chief Miguel Gonzalez tells KRTS the Presidio Emergency Services District and residents of Candelaria are continuing to monitor the fire that's been burning on the border in southern Presidio County this week.

There aren't any fire trucks currently on the scene, but Gonzalez says crews worked to protect the flames from reaching backyards and houses in Candelaria over the past two days.

Today a few pockets of fire about 100-150 feet long have been burning about 3-4 miles north of the town.

Crews have had a hard time reaching the fire that initially started on the Mexican side of the border near the town of San Antonio del Bravo and jumped the Rio Grande into Texas earlier this week. The fire has been burning in rugged brush-land where roads and access are limited.

According to Gonzalez, yesterday the fire was burning near the Rio Grande and between the towns of Candelaria and Ruidosa. He says the fire is reaching a pasture with relatively low fuels, and that the fire appears to be dying out.

Travis Bubenik is All Things Considered Host and Big Bend Reporter at Marfa Public Radio.