UPDATE: Patterson Fire – Chaves County – 1:55 p.m. – Bottomless Lakes State Park Evacuated

UPDATE: Bottomless Lakes State Park is being evacuated due to the potential fire threat and smoke impacts from the Patterson Fire (per NM State Parks Division). Please avoid the area.

1:10 p.m. – The Patterson Fire is burning on private land east of Roswell, NM and west of Bottomless Lakes State Park. The fire is currently threatening structures and burning on both sides of the Pecos river in Chaves County. One home has been evacuated at this time. The fire is estimated at 150 acres and 0% contained. Additional resources have been called in due to high winds pushing the fire through dry grass and brush. Lightning is believed to have started the fire last night (05/16) around 7:00 p.m. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Incident Name: Patterson Fire

Start Date & Time: May 16, 2019 – 1854

Start Location: Chaves County

Cause of Fire: Under investigation

Area Vegetation: Grass and brush

Acres Burned: 150 acres

Ownership(s):  Private

Structures Threatened:  Yes

Structures Burned:  No

Evacuations (Y or N & #): Y – one home and Bottomless Lakes State Park

Google Earth: https://earth.app.goo.gl/9CHnuH

Media Contact: Wendy Mason
Wildfire Prevention & Communications Coordinator
NM State Forestry Division
Wendy.Mason@state.nm.us

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