Assayii Lake News Release

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Assayii Lake News Release

Additional Roads Reopen

Incident: Assayii Lake Wildfire
Released: 6/22/2014

Acres: 14,712 Start date: June 13, 2014

Cause: Human, Under Investigation Location: 10 miles northeast of Navajo, New Mexico
Containment: 60%
Fuels: Pinyon Pine, Juniper, Ponderosa Pine, and Brush

Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 12 crews, 18 engines, 4 helicopters, 3 dozers

Total personnel: 597

Additional Roads to Reopen Immediately

Summary: As of 2:00 p.m. June 22, 2014 fire officials extended road openings in the areas east and north of the Assayii Lake Fire. Highway 134 and all areas to the north are open. The five access roads south of Highway 134 continue to be closed due to firefighter and public safety.

Access to the east of Highway 491 is open. Specific areas (see below) to the west of Highway 491 have opened. As of 2 p.m. today, 3 road closures have been pushed west to expand the open areas. Changes to earlier road closures include:

  1. Roads 703 and 720 are now open to the Intersection of 703, 720 and the FOBS road.
  2. Road 700 is now open to the intersection of Roads 700 and 706.
  3. Road 707 is now open to the intersection of Roads 707 and 706.

The areas adjacent to the fire area remain closed. Due to continued high levels of fire traffic, the public must not travel beyond any road closure signs. Heavy Law Enforcement presence will be in the area to control the closures.

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.

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Navajo Region Fire and Aviation Management
Navajo Route 12 Bldg #264 Ft. Defiance AZ 86504 Arizona
Window Rock, AZ 86515

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