Created: 07/04/2014 8:01 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The 3,600 acre Diego Fire in the Jemez Mountains is 50 percent contained.
Along the fire line, there are more than 700 firefighters away from their homes, battling the lightning-sparked fire near Coyote, east of Cuba.
While some people spend their independence day surrounded by friends and family at barbecues, others are surrounded by flames.
"It’s the most patriotic thing you can do to spend your 4th of July. Protecting the forest here. This is the people’s land. This is all of our property," said Gilbert Berkman.
Firefighters are still aggressively battling the Diego Fire in the Jemez mountains, away from their families on the 4th of July holiday, but they don't mind.
"That's fine. It's all beneficial to the forest and to you know- just everyone being outdoors," said Mike Myrick
KOB got a close up look at the fire and at some of the scarred areas. This fire took really off on Sunday, but it took a turn for the better on Tuesday. When the clouds rolled in and the weather sided with the firefighters.
Jake king from the Conservation Corp said the weather has been good and that relative humidity is up a lot. Relative humidity makes it harder for fires to spread.
There will be a public meeting on Sunday for people affected by the Diego Fire. It starts at 7:00 p.m. at Coyote Elementary School.