Assayii Lake Fire 65 percent contained; many roads reopen

Created: 06/23/2014 9:32 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The Assayii Lake Fire burning more than 14,000 acres in the Chuska Mountains has reached 65 percent containment as of Monday morning. 

On Sunday, many roads along the east side of the fire have reopened. Highway 134 and all areas to the north are open.  Access to the east of Highway 491 is also open.

The five access roads south of Highway 134 continue to be closed due to firefighter and public safety.

According to the Southwest Incident Management Team 3, Monday's firefighting efforts will be focused on continuing to construct and secure fire lines as well as fire line rehabilitation.

The rehabilitation includes cutting down dangerous trees, as well as chipping logs and limbs to decrease the amount and size of fuel left on the ground.

They will also continue work to reduce hot areas along the fire's edge that are smoldering and producing smoke. The public is reminded to be aware that interior smoke will continue to pop up with the hot and dry weather conditions. Smoke will continue to be visible until rain is received over the fire area.

Anyone moving livestock in or out of the fire area must go through the Navajo Nation Emergency Operations Center process for their approval and may only access with an escort. Please contact the Emergency Operations Center at (505)-371-8406.

For additional information, visit the Assayii Lake Fire Facebook page or

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