BRUSH FIRE SPREADS IN UPPER VALLEY
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938
Contact: Angelica Becerra, Public Information Officer
Office: (915) 538-2119
“We Serve With Pride”
EL PASO TEXAS- This afternoon at approximately 2:30 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 700 block of Bailey, El Paso County Texas in reference to a brush fire.
Upon arrival Deputies made contact with a female outside of the residence where the brush fire ignited. Deputies were informed by the resident she noticed the yard was in flames and tried to extinguish it herself. The brush fire spread rapidly due to the high winds in the area and damaged 5 acres of vegetation (alfalfa).
The cause of the fire is unknown, however, Deputies learned the fire may have been ignited from burned trash over the weekend possibly on the same property. The homeowners were not available at the time as they were out of town. The fire was contained by the West Valley Fire Department and extinguished within 30 minutes. There was no structure damage on the property and no injuries were reported.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens that as of January, 28 2013, Commissioners Court approved and authorized the renewal of the Order banning outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County. The burn ban was in effect February 1, 2013 and will expire May 1, 2013.
An violation of this order is a Class ‘C” misdemeanor which can result in a maximum fine of up to $500.