Northern New Mexico Wildfire Continues To Grow

Jul 2, 2014

  A wildfire burning in northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains continues to expand but officials say expected favorable weather may help.

Officials said Wednesday morning the lightning-sparked Diego Fire has burned more than five square miles, an increase of about 400 acres since Tuesday.

However, the fire remained zero percent contained.

Still, some residents say they felt isolated and uninformed about the fire's dangers. And ranchers who have livestock roaming in the fire area are worried about their cattle.

Nearly 600 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the blaze, which is burning eight miles south of the small community of Coyote in mixed conifer with many dead or downed trees.

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