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Assayii Lake News Release

June 17, 2014 Morning Fire News Update

Incident: Assayii Lake Wildfire
Released: 6/17/2014

Assayii Lake Fire News ReleaseJune 17, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Fire Information: 928-362-1482

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Acres: 12,105 Start date: June 13, 2014

Cause: Human, Under Investigation Location: 10 miles northeast of Navajo, New Mexico

Containment: 0% Fuels: Pinyon Pine, Juniper, and Brush

Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 23 crews, 15 engines, 6 helicopters, 2 dozers

Total personnel: 593

Summary: Firefighters monitored the fire along the 8093 Road last night. The fire activity died down about 1 a.m. and the fire held throughout the night.

Extreme fire behavior and high winds, with gusts up to 50 mph, will continue in the fire area today. Firefighters will be assessing the western and eastern part of the fire today for opportunities to construct indirect line. They will be working on Rt. 134 and structure protection on the north side of the fire and 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.

There are approximately 50 residences threatened. Four structures have been destroyed; however, that is not a firm count. Personnel continue to assess the damages at this time.

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.

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