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Northern New Mexico wildfire expands

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Coyote, N.M. - Firefighters concentrate their efforts to contain the Northern New Mexico wildfire that continues to grow.

A Wednesday morning status report says the Diego Fire in the Jemez Mountains has burned 5.6 square miles, an increase of around 400 acres since Tuesday.

While firefighters have not yet wrangled the fire under control, they continue to build containment lines.

They hope possible rain, higher humidity, and lower temperatures will help them out.

On the other hand, they are cautious of dry-lightning storms and changing winds threatening to thwart their efforts.

Almost 600 firefighters and support personnel are battling the lightning-sparked blaze burning eight miles south of Coyote.