Fire on Navajo Nation inches toward containment

Created: 06/29/2014 11:43 AM
By: The Associated Press

NASCHITTI, N.M. (AP) - Crews are close to containing a blaze that has charred nearly 30 square miles of the Navajo Nation near the Arizona-New Mexico state line.
Fire information officers say crews have contained 98 percent of the Assayii Lake Fire and plans calls for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo fire program to take over firefighting efforts Tuesday.
With containment near, crews will be focused on getting it under control in the coming days. That means putting out any remaining hot spots to ensure nothing flares up again if the winds pick up.
The weather is expected to remain warm, with scattered thunderstorms and occasional gusty winds.
Authorities say Isolated pockets within the fire's interior may continue to burn until the area gets significant rainfall. Smoke may be seen until that time.

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