Diego Fire prompts evacuations in Northern New Mexico

Updated: 07/03/2014 6:26 PM | Created: 06/30/2014 4:00 PM
By: Shaun Griswold,

Residents near the Diego Fire were asked to evacuate as it burns more than 1,000 acres in the Sante Fe National Forest.

Forest official Donna Nemeth said the Diego Fire, likely caused by lightning, is burning in the Jemez Mountains nearly eight miles south of Coyote, NM.

Before 5 p.m. on Monday, forest officials responding to the Diego Fire ordered immediate evacuations for the Weatherfall, Dunlap Spring and Jarosa area, roughly 20 miles east of Cuba, New Mexico.

For residents evacuating the Diego Fire, a shelter has been set up at the Abiquiu Rural Events Center, located at Highway 84 and State Road 554. 

Due to its location and low fire activity the Diego Fire was managed using a confined strategy. However, it became more active this weekend and has since spread onto private lands.

The Bureau of Land Management said the Diego Fire jumped from 200 acres to 750 acres on Sunday pushing smoke toward Santa Fe and other parts of northern New Mexico.

An estimate of the fire’s containment has not been released.

Federal officials say at least one permanent home and several seasonal homes were evacuated Sunday. Several forest roads also have been closed.

Anyone with questions about the Diego Fire conditions can call 575-638-0081.

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