Wildfire burning 200-plus acres in Jemez Mountains

Updated: 06/29/2014 10:14 PM | Created: 06/29/2014 3:22 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Firefighters are working to suppress a wildfire burning more than 200 acres in the Jemez Mountains on Sunday.

The lightning-caused Diego Fire was first detected last Thursday around 13 miles east of Cuba, New Mexico, according to the State Forestry Division. The fire grew to approximately 200 acres in size over the weekend. On Sunday morning, a spot fire quickly grew to 30 acres in size and is expected to burn into the main fire later today.

Resources on scene include the Carson Hotshots, four engines and miscellaneous support personnel. Additional resources have been ordered to assist with the suppression effort, including the Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team, three Type 1 Hotshot crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack crew, two helicopters, six engines and several water tenders. 

Several structural protection engines have also been requested. Fire officials say the first of these resources will arrive Sunday evening and the remainder will be on scene early Monday.

Officials say no structures are threatened at this time.

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