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800 Acre Fire East of Capitan 20 Percent Contained

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An 800-acre fire burning about 4 miles east of Capitan has been burning since about 4 p.m. Sunday.

The fire, called the Orio Fire, is about 20 percent contained, said Jennifer Myslivy, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Land Management. The fire started near the intersection of state routes 385 and 220, and has burned land owned by the BLM and private landowners.

Decreased wind, lower temperatures and increased humidity are helping firefighters fight the blaze, Myslivy said. Crews from local, state and federal agencies are working to contain it before morning, she said.

So far no structures have been burned, and none appear to be in danger.

The fire appears to be human caused, Myslivy said. Investigators are on scene trying to find who is responsible and if they should face charges.

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