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Patterson Fire 60% contained as of late Sunday

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The Patterson Wildfire is now estimated at 987 acres and 60% contained as of late Sunday, according to the latest update from the New Mexico State Forest Division at 5:20 p.m. Sunday.

Earlier in the day the fire was estimated at 780 acres and 30% contained.

The fire has been raging in an area southeast of Roswell and west of Bottomless Lakes Park. No injuries have been reported and nearby homes are no longer under threat as of this morning , according to the Forestry Division, which is leading the containment effort.

Firefighters are continuing to work to put out the fire and strengthen containment lines.

Lightening sparked the Patterson Fire Thursday evening on private land along the Pecos River. Fire crews from several local fire departments, as well as state and federal agencies had extinguished the fire by early Friday. However, the fire was later rekindled Friday afternoon.

Bottomless Lakes was evacuated Friday, but reopened Saturday morning. The Park is only open for day use.

Dry grass and brush have  continued to fuel the fire and produce large amounts of smoke.

The Forestry Division stated updates on the fire fighting efforts will no longer be provided, absent significant changes.

A full story on the fire will appear in Tuesday’s Roswell Daily Record.