UPDATE: Patterson Fire – Chaves County – 05/18 9:30 a.m.

The Patterson Fire burning on private land in Chaves County is currently estimated at 780 acres. The fire is located east of Roswell, NM and west of Bottomless Lakes State Park. One home and Bottomless Lakes State Park remain under evacuation and structures along the east side of the Pecos River are still threatened. The Patterson Fire is burning on both sides of the Pecos River. Approximately 70 personnel from multiple agencies are fighting the fire, which is believed to have been caused by lightning Thursday evening (05/16).

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: 780 acres

Ownership(s):  Private

Structures Threatened:  Yes

Structures Burned:  No

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

Patterson Fire.05.18.19.Chaves County

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

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