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Diego Fire News Release

DIEGO FIRE UPDATE Tuesday July 1, 2014

Incident: Diego Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/1/2014


Tuesday July 1, 2014

Please direct all calls related to the Diego Fire to Fire Information at (575) 638-5419 ext. 164

Acres: 3,425 Start Date: June 25, 2014

Cause: Lightning Location: 8 miles south of Coyote, N.M.

Containment: 0 Fuels/Topography: Mixed Conifer with dead and

Total personnel: 487 down logs and standing bug killed trees

Community Meeting tonight at the Coyote Elementary School, at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, July 1

Yesterday’s Actions: Management of the Diego Fire transitioned from the local Type 3 team to the Southwest Incident Management Team 5 at 6:00 pm; Rich Nieto as the Incident Commander of the Type 2 team. To ensure both fire fighter and public safety, an area closure is planned; more information about the area closure is expected later today. In addition, road closures in place at the junction of Forest Service Roads 103 and 93; also Forest Service Roads 315 and 316 are closed to public entry. Evacuation notifications occurred in the Wetherall Estates, the Jarosa inholdings, and the Dunlap and West Dunlap Subdivisions.

A community meeting was held at the Coyote Elementary School in Coyote last night. It was attended by approximately 100 people.

An infrared flight was conducted last night to provide fire managers with a more accurate description of the fire’s location. This allowed much more accurate mapping and clarifies the substantial increase in acreage.

Today’s Actions: Full suppression actions are being taken on this fire. Operational objectives focus on firefighter and public safety while seeking fire containment. Firefighters will establish a safe anchor point from which to engage the fire. They will implement protection strategies to structures and other values at risk. Crews will continue to scout the fire area and engage in suppression actions as it is safe to do so.

Weather: Mostly sunny this morning with cloud buildup by this afternoon. Down drafts and outflow winds are possible; if these occur, we can expect very high to extreme fire behavior. Rains are expected as early as late Wednesday.

Smoke: Variable and erratic winds associated with thunderstorm activity are expected across the fire area. Most of the smoke is expected to stay above ground level, but there may be periods of smoke impacts as these storms push the smoke downward and as the air cools in the evening and night hours. For more information about smoke conditions, visit http://nmfireinfo.com/smoke-management/ .

Information about the Diego Fire, including maps and photos, can be found at:




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