- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A wildfire that charred about 5.6 square miles in northern New Mexico’s Jemez (HAY’-mehs) Mountains is nearly fully contained, thanks in part to an assist from Mother Nature.

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

The lightning-sparked fire is now 95 percent contained and crews are being demobilized.

The number of people assigned to the fire stood at 222 on Monday, down from a peak of approximately 700.

Full containment is expected late Wednesday.


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