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Big Bend National Park still burning

(Feb. 3, 2016) -- Driven by high winds, the fire caused power outages Monday at the park headquarters at Panther Junction, at the Rio Grande Village campground and at campgrounds and a hotel at the Chisos Basin.

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — Firefighters continue to battle a brush fire that began Monday in Big Bend National Park and has now scorched almost 2,000 acres.

The blaze was ignited by a downed power line.

“No structures have been lost and there have been no injuries,” park spokesman David Elkowitz said. “We’re hoping in the next couple of days to have it under control.”

Driven by high winds, the fire caused power outages Monday at the park headquarters at Panther Junction, at the Rio Grande Village campground and at campgrounds and a hotel at the Chisos Basin.

Since then, winds have subsided and power was restored in the park by Wednesday morning.

“We had about 35 people on the fire yesterday, park personnel and Los Diablos,” Elkowitz said of contract firefighters from the nearby Mexican village Boquillas del Carmen.

To read the full story by The San Antonio Express News, click here.

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