The vast majority of temporary storage tanks at the WPX oil production site in San Juan County, New Mexico, are no longer burning. Small fires remain at only 4 of the 36 tanks.
Some individuals were able to temporarily access their homes today to take care of basic needs. All were accompanied by fire department officials.
WPX is providing lodging again Wednesday night for all displaced families. This provision will continue until fire officials deem it is safe for residents to officially return home.
Precautions including a public safety perimeter and the county’s incident command structure are scheduled to remain in place overnight Wednesday.
The fire is being allowed to burn itself out as a means for preventing the spread of petroleum products beyond the WPX site.
Company and fire officials will continue to actively assess the situation in order to bring the event to a safe and timely conclusion.
Media inquiries can be directed to Kelly Swan at (918) 629-1037. The company plans to issue another update after the fire is out — or earlier if conditions warrant.