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Update on damages of Mesilla Fire

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Captain Wes Hall, Amarillo Fire Department Captain Wes Hall, Amarillo Fire Department
Chief Richard Lake, Potter County Fire Department Chief Richard Lake, Potter County Fire Department

Angelina Perez
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - The Mesilla Park fire has been contained at this time, but crews are still monitoring the area because of multiple hot spots.

Captain Wes Hall from the Amarillo Fire Department says the fire destroyed thousands of acres of land.

"Right now, we're estimating 61,000 acres have burned, that's an early estimate, as the day goes on we're going to get damage assessment crews out to take a look and get an exact count on that," says Hall.

Hall says the fire also burned thirty homes and 27 outdoor structures.

Chief Richard Lake of the Potter County Fire Department says fire fighters from nearly every station from the Panhandle area were out there at some point fighting the fire, but only two firemen suffered minor injuries in the fire.

"We did have two Potter County fire fighters who were injured when their truck got run over by the fire. They had minor burns and they were treated on scene and were not transported to the hospital," says Chief Lake.

Crews from Amarillo, Potter County, Fritch, Moore County and the Texas Forest Services all helped fight the blaze.

The fire is contained and residents are able to come back into the area.

Crews with spoke with say there is very little left to burn in the area, since most of the fuel that would be used is already burned.