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Residents concerned by Encino Fire despite assurances from officials

KOB.com Web Staff and Jen French
June 18, 2017 10:56 PM

RIO RANCHO, N.M. -- Crews are battling a brush fire that started near the intersection of King Boulevard and Encino Road in northwest Rio Rancho Sunday afternoon, according to Sandoval County Fire Chief James Maxon.

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As of about 8:10 p.m. Sunday, the fire was nearly 2,100 acres in size, according to Sandoval County officials. 10 agencies are assisting in the fire, including at least 100 firefighters.

The blaze is still five miles from Rio Rancho. No structures are being threatened by the fire thus far, and no homes in a nearby subdivision are being evacuated.

Some of the residents in those homes, however, are still worried.

"I have horses. We're building a ranch out there," said Kristi Carr, one concerned resident who lives nearby. "It is about two miles from my house, so I could lose everything.”

The cause of the fire is still unknown. County officials told KOB that the state fire investigator will be looking into the blaze.

KOB is, however, receiving conflicting reports on how much of the blaze is under control. Lt. Keith Elder of the Sandoval County Sherriff’s Office said the fire is "pretty much contained," while Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Paul Bearce told KOB it is 0 percent contained.

The Sandoval County Fire Twitter page also says the fire is 0 percent contained.

It is not yet clear how the fire started. 

This is a developing story. Stay with KOB.com for updates. 

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KOB.com Web Staff and Jen French

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