Additional Evacuations Ordered For Diego Fire Area


Smoke from the Diego Fire seen from Los Alamos a short while ago. Photo by Leland Lehman/


The communities of Wetherall Estates and Dunlap Spring are being evacuated along with Jarosa. An evacuation shelter has been established at the Rural Events Center in Abiquiu, located near the junction of High Way 84 and State Road 554.

Fire crews are fighting the 1,000 plus acre Diego Fire, which is burning southeast of Coyote. Currently the Northern New Mexico Type III Incident Management Team is in command of the fire, but they will be transitioning to Nieto’s Type II Incident Management Team this evening. 

Dry, hot and windy weather is causing extreme fire behavior and long range spotting, but at this time, no structures are threatened. Heavy fuels and bug-kill also are aiding in the extreme fire behavior. Several campers on private land were asked to evacuate as a precaution, but no structures have been evacuated.

At this time, weather conditions are pushing the fire eastward.

Road blocks on Forest Road 93/103, 103/116 and 115; New Mexico State Police officers are on-scene handling that aspect.

Crews are focusing on anchoring and flanking the north and south sides of the fire, moving eastward.Incident

  • Name: DIEGO   
  • Start Date: June 15, 2014 
  • Start Location: Near the San Pedro Parks Wilderness, SE of Coyote
  • Cause of Fire: Lightning
  • Acres Burned: Approx. 1,000 plus
  • Ownership(s): Federal/Private
  • Structures Threatened: 0 
  • Structures Burned: 0
  • Evacuations: Yes, approx. 3-5 campers camping within private land
  • Percent Contained: 0
  • Wind Direction: West
  • Total Personnel: 110 plus with more arriving today

Note: There is a community meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at the Coyote Elementary School.

Source: New Mexico State Forestry

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