Evening News Release June 19, 2014
Incident: Assayii Lake Wildfire
Assayii Lake Fire News Release
June 19, 2014 9:00 p.m.
Fire Information: 928-362-1482
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Acres: 13,450 Start date: June 13, 2014
Cause: Human, Under Investigation Location: 10 miles northeast of Navajo, New Mexico
Containment: 20% Fuels: Pinyon Pine, Juniper, and Brush
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 24 crews, 24 engines, 10 helicopters, 4 dozers
Total personnel: 867
Firefighters Make Good Progress on the Assayii Lake Fire
Summary: Due to light winds, reduced vegetation, and air support, firefighters made good progress on the Assayii Fire. Light winds allowed helicopters and planes to drop water and fire retardant in the fire’s active areas. As the fire burned to the east, vegetation changed from ponderosa pine and pinyon juniper mix to sage and grass, helping to slow down the fire.
Fire activity on the north, east, and west edges of the fire are smoldering or not burning. Firefighters removed vegetation as needed with axes, shovels, and chainsaws in all of these areas. They are putting out any hot areas up to 66 feet inside the fire’s edge. The firefighters are also watching the fire and removing any standing dead trees that could harm firefighters or cause the fire to burn into unburned vegetation.
Firefighters continued to remove vegetation along most of the southern edge of the fire by hand and with bulldozers. This will stop the fire from burning further south.
There are approximately 50 residences threatened. Five 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 N 134 at Sheep Springs to Crystal Boarding School, N 31, and N 30 at Mexican Springs.
For additional information, photos, and maps please visit www.facebook.com/AssayiiLakeFire and www.inciweb.nwcg.gov.