Bottomless Lakes State Park is expected to be open to campers and visitors for Memorial Day weekend, with the Patterson wildfire now 90% contained, a state official has said.
“The only thing that I would like to caution folks is to be careful during these wind events or during wind season in general,” said Wendy Mason, wildfire prevention and communications coordinator with the New Mexico State Forestry Division, “whether it is campfires or burning debris, using equipment, welding equipment, mowing their lawn even, just to prevent any sparks and be prepared just in case.”
She said people cooking or using equipment outdoors this weekend should have a bucket of water and a shovel handy to put out any sparks or flying embers. She also reminded people not to dump ashes from grills on the ground.
Multiple firefighting agencies were involved in fighting the brush and vegetation fire about 10 miles southeast of Roswell near U.S. 380 that began after a lightning strike Thursday night. Now a Forestry Division fire crew of about 14 people remains on site, continuing to extinguish hot spots and guard against rekindled embers.
The fire, which has affected up to 987 acres but is now down to about 780 acres, has not resulted in any known loss of lives, structures or livestock, Mason said.
On Friday, Bottomless Lakes and the nearby River Road were closed and evacuated.