Thirty temporary storage tanks at a New Mexico well site caught fire late Monday after a blast sparked a blaze.

WPX said personnel and public service agencies are responding to a fire that started at 10:15 p.m. mountain time on Monday.

WPX added that all 30 temporary storage tanks at the facility were on fire as of Monday night.

No injuries have been reported and WPX said all personnel and contractors are accounted for.

The facility is located near the intersection of County Road 7890 and State Highway 550.

The company said it has shut-in all operations at the site where six new oil wells are in the early stages of production.

WPX said early Tuesday morning that fire was lessening in strength and that it is expected to burn out “over the next few hours.”

The fire has been contained on the company’s five-acre site.

The affected site holds six new oil wells and more than 30 temporary oil storage tanks are located.

A half-mile perimeter around the site has been established by emergency responders.

The company has stopped the oil wells from pumping and closed valves to pipes that were transferring oil to the storage tanks.

“The cause of the incident is not known at this time,” WPX said.

The company added that it has provided lodging to three families who were displaced by the blaze.


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