Peterson Fire burns near Las Vegas, New Mexico

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Peterson Fire broke out five miles northwest of Las Vegas. Firefighters say the fire started on both sides of Highway 65 near the Peterson Reservoir. The State Forestry Division says United World College and local residents are evacuating as a precaution. The NM Red Cross said in a tweet that they would be on hand if the San Miguel County Office of Emergency Management requests a response.

According to the State Forestry Division, firefighters used a Type 3 helicopter to stop multiple point fires along Highway 65 to deliver critical drops of water from the air. They also say firefighters will secure security lines and mop-up hotspots all night on Friday.

According to a press release from the city of Las Vegas, officials are said to be saving water over the fire near the city’s watershed.

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KRQE meteorologist Grant Tosterud says the winds calmed down on Friday night and calm conditions will continue until Saturday morning. The winds will again be possible on Saturday afternoon with gusts of up to 35 miles per hour.

  • Start date: April 23, 2021
  • Place: northwest of Las Vegas, NM, San Miguel County
  • Containment: The percentage is still pending
  • Size: 20 acres
  • Structures at risk: Yes
  • Fired structures: No
  • Evacuations: Yes (voluntary only), evacuate United World College and residents
  • Root cause: Investigated
  • Total staff: Forestry Division Las Vegas District and Returning Heroes Program, San Miguel County Fire Department, USDA Forest Service Santa Fe Hotshots, and several volunteer fire departments from the area along with a helicopter.
  • Area vegetation: Wood and brush
  • Owner: Private and state
  • Risk values: Gallinas Watershed, Peterson Reservoir, United World College and several homes.

The forestry department says San Miguel County, USDA Forest Service, and other local fire departments are on site or underway. A helicopter helps fight the fire.

Suggested materials and items for an evacuation bag include:

  • Flashlight with lots of extra batteries
  • Battery operated radio with additional batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription drugs in the original bottle and copies of prescriptions
  • Glasses (with a copy of the prescription)
  • Water (at least one gallon per person is recommended; more is better)
  • Map of the area
  • Checkbook, cash and credit cards
  • Cell phone charger
  • Food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated or cooked
  • Items that infants and older household members may need
  • Medical devices and devices such as dentures, crutches, prostheses, etc.
  • Change of clothes for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or bedding and pillows for each household member

Pet plans include:

  • Identify protection
  • Collecting animal supplies
  • Make sure your pet has proper identification and up-to-date veterinary records
  • Providing a pet carrier and leash

To protect a pet, do the following:

  • Call the local animal shelter or animal control office for advice and information
  • Keep veterinary records to show that vaccinations are up to date
  • Find out which local hotels and motels allow pets, as well as where pet inns are located. Make sure you do some research outside of the area in case local facilities close

Breaking: Obvious wildfire has broken out southwest of United World College in Montezuma, near #LasVegasNM. UWC’s Carl-Martin Nelson told me that school security informed him of the fire around 2pm today and the school had been evacuated.

Photo credit: Robin Padilla Salazar.

– Ryan Lowery (@ryanmlowery) April 23, 2021

Las Vegas, NM – The American Red Cross is aware of the Peterson Fire 5 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM. We are standing by and will respond to any request from the San Miguel County Office of Emergency Management. #redcrossnm

– Red Cross NM (@RedCrossNM) April 23, 2021

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