- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

COYOTE, N.M. (AP) - Officials say a wildfire burning in northern New Mexico’s Jemez (HAY’-mehs) Mountains has been 50 percent contained.

The lightning-sparked Diego Fire has burned approximately 5.6 square miles of mixed conifer forest about 8 miles south of Coyote.

Crews say they have taken advantage of favorable weather conditions that included higher humidity and that growth of the fire was minimal. But they were concerned Friday that afternoon thunderstorms could hamper efforts to increase containment.

No injuries have been reported.

More than 700 firefighters have been assigned to the blaze.


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