Diego Fire burning 3,400 acres

Updated: 07/03/2014 6:27 PM | Created: 07/01/2014 9:44 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The Diego Fire in the Santa Fe National Forest grew to 3,400 acres as of Tuesday.

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

There is no estimated containment on the fire at this time.

According to fire information officer John Helmich, there are three road junctions closed: FR 103 and 316 southwest of Jarosa, FR 103 and 315 and FR 103 and 93 north of the Rio Puerco Campground.

A community meeting is scheduled Tuesday at Coyote Elementary School at 7:30 p.m.

Residents of the Weatherfall, Dunlap Spring and Jarosa area were ordered to evacuate Monday evening. However, as of Tuesday morning, no evacuees had checked into the shelter set up at the Abiquiu Rural Events Center, located at Highway 84 and State Road 554.

Helmich also said officials were not sure if anyone had brought livestock to the fairgrounds.

Federal officials say at least one permanent home and several seasonal homes were evacuated Sunday.

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

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