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Homes near Patterson Fire no longer under threat

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Homes near the Patterson Fire are no longer under threat, as fire crews attempt to strengthen containment lines and mop up hot spots, according to an update from the New Mexico State Forestry Division at 10:40 a.m. Sunday.

The fire has consumed an estimated 780 acres of private land southeast of Roswell and west of Bottomless Lakes State Park and is 30 percent contained, according to the Forestry Division, which is leading the containment effort.

The Patterson Fire was sparked Thursday night by a lightning strike. The fire was later extinguished, but reignited Friday afternoon. Bottomless Lakes State Park, which was evacuated Friday and was opened at 11 a.m. Saturday, remains open, but only for day use.

Interior fuels, such as grass and dry brush, continue to produce copious amounts of smoke.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.