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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 9:30 pm

COYOTE — Heavy smoke hovered over this small Northern New Mexico town in the Jemez Mountains on Tuesday afternoon, but many residents here said they felt safe even as the Diego Fire 7 miles away grew to more than 3,000 acres in heavy, dry timber.

Jeremiah Rosethorn and his wife, Corine, who have been living in Coyote near the mountains for the past two years, said they felt isolated and uninformed about the fire’s dangers. They noticed heavy smoke late last week, which since had come and gone.

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