Assayii Lake Fire destroys 4 structures, threatens 50 homes

Updated: 06/17/2014 2:48 PM | Created: 06/17/2014 11:10 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Fire officials say the Assayii Lake Fire is now burning more than 12,000 acres in the Chuska Mountains.

Officials estimate four structures have been destroyed and 50 residences are threatened. As of Tuesday morning, the fire was at zero percent containment.

High winds with gusts up to 50 mph will continue to make firefighting efforts difficult.

Nearly 600 firefighters will be working on Rt. 134 and structure protection on the north side of the fire. They will be looking for opportunities to tie into roads on the southern end of the fire. Aviation resources will be used until the winds become too extreme for the aircraft to fly safely.

Some homes in Naschitti are currently under an evacuation order. Evacuated residents are asked to go to the evacuation shelter at the Tohachi High School Gymnasium.

For safety reasons, the general public is encouraged not to travel on access roads leading to the Bowl Canyon Recreation Area. Road closures in the area are Rt. 134 at Sheep Springs to Crystal Boarding School and Rt. 30 at Mexican Springs.

For additional information, please contact the command center directly at 505-777-2800.

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