Assayii Lake Fire burning more than 13,000 acres

Updated: 06/18/2014 1:31 PM | Created: 06/18/2014 11:08 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Wind speeds are not expected to be as strong as the past two days, but firefighters attacking the Assayii Lake Fire are still bracing for another day of extreme fire behavior on Wednesday.

The fire, which started Friday, is now burning more than 13,000 acres in the Chuska Mountains. Containment remains at zero percent.

According to the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3, nearly 700 firefighters on Wednesday will construct direct line on the west side of the fire and continue to protect the communication tower on the north side. They also plan to construct a dozer line on the east side and they will continue to assess the southern portion of the fire.

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

Around 50 homes in Naschitti and Sheep Springs are threatened by the fire. Officials estimate four structures have been destroyed.

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 N. 134 at Sheep Springs to Crystal Boarding School, N 31, and N 30 at Mexican Springs.

For more information on public meetings and evacuation centers, visit the Assayii Lake Fire Facebook page.

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