Evacuations ordered as fire burns in Jemez Mountains

Updated: 06/30/2014 5:20 PM | Created: 06/30/2014 5:19 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Evacuations have been ordered for areas west of the Coyote Canyon community affected by the Diego Fire that has burned more than 1,000 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest.

Forest official Donna Nemeth said the Diego Fire, likely caused by lightning, is burning in the Jemez Mountains nearly 8 miles south of Coyote, NM.

Shortly before 5 p.m., forest officials ordered immediate evacuations for the Weatherfall area, roughly 20 miles east of Cuba, NM.

People in Dunlap Spring were also ordered to evacuate.

Evacuation shelters have not been announced at this time.

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 at this time.

Federal officials say at least one permanent home and several seasonal homes were evacuated Sunday. Several forest roads also have been closed.
A community meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Coyote Elementary School.
Anyone with questions about the fire conditions can call 505-438-5320.

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