NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Peterson Fire broke out on Friday, April 23 five miles northwest of Las Vegas. Fire officials say the fire started on both sides of Highway 65 near the Peterson Reservoir and as of Sunday, has burned about 30 acres and is 70% contained.
- Start Date: April 23, 2021
- Location: northwest of Las Vegas, NM, San Miguel County
- Containment: 80%
- Size: 30 acres
- Structures Threatened: No
- Structures Burned: No
- Evacuations: No
- Cause: Under investigation
- Total Personnel: Forestry Division Las Vegas District and Returning Heroes Program, San Miguel County Fire Department, USDA Forest Service Santa Fe Hotshots, and multiple volunteer fire departments from the area along with a helicopter.
- Area Vegetation: Timber and brush
- Ownership(s): Private and state
- Values at risk: Gallinas Watershed, Peterson Reservoir, United World College, and multiple homes.
The United World College and nearby residents self-evacuated as a precaution Friday. As of Sunday, the evacuations were lifted.