UPDATE: Patterson Fire – Chaves County – 05/18 4:50 p.m.

The Patterson Fire near Roswell, NM in Chaves County is currently 30% contained and estimated at 780 acres. Evacuations have been lifted and Bottomless Lakes State Park reopened to the public for day use this morning (05/18) at 11:00 a.m. Structures along the east side of the Pecos River remain threatened. Firefighters are mopping up hot spots and strengthening containment lines. Interior fuels will continue to produce smoke that will be seen from the surrounding area.

Incident Name: Patterson Fire

Start Date & Time: May 16, 2019 – 1854

Start Location: Chaves County

Containment:  30%

Acres Burned: 780 acres

Area Vegetation: Grass and brush

Ownership(s):  Private

Structures Threatened:  Yes

Structures Burned:  No

Evacuations (Y or N & #): N / Lifted

Media Contact: Wendy Mason
Wildfire Prevention & Communications Coordinator
NM State Forestry Division

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