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The Diego Fire burning in the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico is now 100 percent contained, and the Type 3 incident management team that has been handling the blaze for the past two weeks has again turned over operations back to the Coyote Ranger District.
In addition, the closure order that included portions of Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties has been lifted, and the Santa Fe National Forest announced that Stage 1 fire restrictions will be terminated at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 10.
“We thank our visiting public for their cooperation in abiding with the fire restrictions on the Jemez Ranger District, portions of the Cuba Ranger District and the Valles Caldera (National Preserve),” Forest Supervisor Maria Garcia said in a media release.
While recent rainfall in the area has helped reduce fire danger, Garcia said people using the forest should still be careful with campfires by extinguishing them until they are cold to the touch.
There is also the danger of flash flooding, erosion and mudslides.
Fire personnel continue to respond to reports of smoke from lightning strikes that could cause a fire to smolder for days, according to the release.
The Diego Fire apparently did just that. While the fire wasn’t spotted until June 25, authorities believe it may have been ignited by lightning strikes more than a week earlier.
The fire burned 3,626 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest south of Coyote, N.M.
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