It’s not a wildfire here, but the effects are more than a little noticeable for residents of Los Alamos and Jemez Springs.
The Diego wildfire that has now consumed approximately 1,000 acres about 8 miles south of Coyote filled western sky with smoke Monday that could be seen billowing over the mountains and filling the air with its undeniable smell.
The smoke was considerably worse in Jemez Springs, with one resident telling the Monitor that it’s thick enough to force people to keep their windows closed.
The wildfire became noticeable in Los Alamos on Sunday, leaving some concerned that the area was again in the line of yet another wildfire, which is about a one hour and 20 minute drive from here.
On Monday, the fire grew from several hundred acres to 1,000, according to a news release from Santa Fe National Forest. Overnight infrared mapping was expected to more accurately determine its exact size, according to the news release.
There is no estimated containment time, the release said.
Firefighters are using a range of equipment to battle the blaze, including Hotshot crews, helicopters, six engines and several water tenders.