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Exploding propane tanks hindering Timberon fire fight

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Authorities say exploding propane tanks are keeping firefighters from confirming how many structures have been destroyed by a wildfire burning in and near the southern New Mexico mountain village of Timberon.

A multi-agency fire information service also reports this morning there are downed power lines in the area. According to the service’s update on the Timberon fire, it has burned an estimated 290 acres of private land. An interagency team will take over command of the incident by late tonight or early Friday morning.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House told The Associated Press early Thursday that he saw approximately 15 burned structures while viewing the fire’s perimeter Wednesday night and that many appeared to have been homes.

There are no reported injuries.

Thirty additional structures remained threatened as of 11 a.m. today, and a road closure is in place at the junction of SR 6943 and Sunspot Road.

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