Peterson Fire – San Miguel County – April 24, 2021

The Peterson Fire burning 5 miles northwest of Las Vegas in San Miguel County is currently 10% contained and estimated at 30 acres. All fire lines held overnight. Students and staff who self-evacuated from United World College on Friday (04/23) are returning to campus today. Structures remain threatened in the area, but there are no mandatory evacuation orders in place. Highway 65 is open with no restrictions. Local road closures may be in place for the fire area. Today, firefighters will be securing containment lines and mopping up spot fires. Approximately 67 personnel from the Forestry Division and partner agencies are working to suppress the Peterson Fire. The fire started at 1:30 p.m. on April 23, 2021, off Highway 65 near the Peterson Reservoir. The cause is under investigation.
Smoke may continue to impact the surrounding area. Individuals sensitive to wildfire smoke should take precautions and use the New Mexico Department of Health 5-3-1 Visibility Method to determine if it’s safe to be outside. Learn more at 

Start Date & Time: April, 23, 2021 – 1330

Start Location: Highway 65 near the Peterson Reservoir

Cause of Fire:  Under investigation

Area Vegetation: Timber, brush

Estimated Acres Burned: 30

Ownership(s): state and private

Structures Threatened: Yes

Structures Burned: No

Evacuations: No

Wendy Mason
Wildfire Prevention & Communications Coordinator
EMNRD Forestry Division

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