- Associated Press - Sunday, July 6, 2014

COYOTE, N.M. (AP) - Mother Nature is helping as crews make progress against a wildfire that has charred about 5.6 square miles in northern New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains.

Rain has fallen on the Diego Fire in recent days and humidity levels have been high, giving firefighters the upper hand as they work to bolster containment lines and mop up along the fire’s perimeter.

The lightning sparked fire is now 75 percent contained and voluntary evacuations for subdivisions in the area have been lifted.

Crews are expecting the chance for rain to diminish in the coming days, but forecasters say the humidity level should remain above 20 percent. Winds from afternoon thunderstorms could still affect fire behavior.

More than 600 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the fire.


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