Diego Fire Consumes More Than 3,400 Aces

Smoke plume from the Diego Fire photographed from Los Alamos late Monday. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com


Crews worked overnight to tie in some roads on the eastern edge of the fire, creating buffer for interior pockets of fuel that could experience extreme fire behavior today.

Bulldozers are being used to create containment lines on the southern portion of the fire along Jarosa Canyon to Forest Road 93 and Guardia spring west of FR 103.

Safety is paramount on all divisions today. Crews will be scouting for fireline construction opportunities, securing anchor points for containment lines, conducting structure assessments for protection, and will be utilizing direct suppression tactics where possible.

Road blocks remain on Forest Road 93/103, 103/316 and 315.

  • Start Date: Detected on June 25, 2014  
  • Start Location: Coyote Ranger District, SFNF
  • Cause of Fire: Lightning
  • Area Vegetation: Mixed Conifer, Timber
  • Acres Burned: approx. 3,425
  • Ownership(s): Federal, State
  • Incident Commander: Richard Nieto
  • Structures Threatened: 50-60 (including residences, barns, sheds and other outbuildings)
  • Structures Burned: 1, RV camper
  • Evacuations: yes – The communities of Weatherill Estates, Dunlap Spring, West Dunlap and Jarosa have been evacuated.  
  • Percent Contained: None reported
  • Temperature: 80-87 degrees
  • Relative Humidity: 12-17 percent
  • Wind Speeds: 8-14 mph gusts of 24
  • Wind Direction: South-southeast in the morning moving to west-northwest in the afternoon/evening
  • Condition of Fire: Expected extreme fire behavior with Haines index of 6
  • Engines: 6 – Additional engines will be added today.
  • Bulldozers: 3
  • Hand crews: 10
  • Helicopters: 3
  • Air tankers: 1
  • Water tenders: 2
  • Total personnel: 290



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