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DALLAS -- Firefighters battled a large blaze at a junkyard in far South Dallas late Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was sending thick black smoke into the sky from the 3300 block of Cedardale Road, just south of Interstate 20 near Bonnie View Road.

The air temperature and the heat index were in the triple digits as crews struggled to bring the fire under control in a clearing surrounded by trees.

It did not appear that any homes were immediately threatened by the flames, but additional equipment and manpower was being requested.

The Cedar Valley College campus is about a half-mile south of the fire scene.

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