New Release June 26, 2014 8:00 AM
Incident: Assayii Lake Wildfire
Assayii Lake Fire being managed by a Southwest Area Interagency Type 3 Team
Summary: The Assayii Lake Fire is now being managed by a Southwest Area Interagency Type 3 Team. As an interagency team the firefighters are from federal, state and local agencies. The incident command post location and contact numbers remain the same.
Winds are expected to increase today into tonight. In spite of this, minimal fire behavior is anticipated. Isolated pockets of fuel in the interior of the fire may continue to burn in the days and weeks ahead until rain extinguishes the fire. Smoke may be seen until that time.
For safety concerns, the fire area remains closed to the general public. Trees weakened by the fire may fall without warning. Winds will increase this danger. Pockets of burned roots and holes, covered by dirt and ash, may continue to smolder beneath the ground. Stepping into these pits of coals could result in severe burns.
Local livestock owners must continue to communicate and follow up on their needs with their local grazing officials, Chapter officials and Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture to obtain authorized access into the area.
The Navajo Nation Fire Restrictions and Emergency Declaration are still in effect. It is critical that the public continue to comply with these restrictions. Law enforcement and natural resource law enforcement patrols will continue until further notice.
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is assessing the potential post fire effects. Team members with backgrounds in hydrology, soils, archaeology, and forestry will prepare a document specific to the Assayii Lake Fire for distribution to the Navajo National Tribal Administration Office.
For additional information, photos, and maps please visit www.facebook.com/AssayiLakeFire and www.nwcg.inciweb.gov.