Navajo Region Fire and Aviation Management
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Navajo Route 12 Bldg #264 Ft. Defiance AZ 86504 Arizona
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Containment Jumps to 30 Percent
Location: 5 miles west of Sawmill, AZ
Percent containment: 30%
Resources: 459 personnel
Size: 12,358 acres
Vegetation: Pińon-Juniper, ponderosa pine, sage, grasses
Fire activity: Yá’át’ééh abiní. Fire lines still hold the fire west of Route 7 and north of the powerlines. Despite growing containment numbers, crews still have progress to make on the fire, specifically on the northwest portion of the fire which remains active. Fire behavior analysts also anticipate isolated tree burning in the interior of the fire. Traces of rainfall moved across the fire yesterday, however there is a lower chance of rain today. A high-pressure weather system moving into the area should decrease changes of rain today. Crews contained more of the fire south of N-26 on the west side with additional fire lines, secured previous containment lines, and secured safe perimeters about 30 feet into the fire. Across the highway north of N-26, crews tied in containment lines between Monument Canyon and logging roads in the area. An unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) aircraft (aka drone) fired ping-pong-ball-like spheres that ignite when they hit the ground, to limit fire progress by burning out potential fire fuels on the northwestern flank of the fire. Crews positioned along Route 7 extinguished hot spots along the fire edge and moved deeper in, as they brought engines and water tenders in to suppress flames with water progressing south of N-26. Crews on the southeast portion of the fire made significant progress north toward the goal of tying in with those crews coming south from N-26. Damage reported today included two additional corrals and an outbuilding (a shed, barn, or outhouse) destroyed. A total of four area corrals have burned, and one hogan took minor fire damage. Structure assessment will continue to occur when it is safe for firefighters to enter. Cooperation on fire containment and related operations continues between fire personnel and local, tribal, and federal agencies. Additionally, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez toured the fire by air. The same day, the Navajo president officially closed the fire area to the public. President Nez continues support for fire operations and communication with personnel who still have a large workload before full containment of the fire.
Communities Affected: The communities of Sawmill and Fluted Rock remain on high alert. Please continue to be ready. If you are asked to evacuate, please contact your local chapter house for information on evacuation shelters.
Smoke: Less smoke is expected today because fuel inside the perimeter of the fire has been consumed and showers reduced smoldering. As the weather gets hotter over the next few days remaining fuels may produce more smoke. Smoke is still expected from the northern edge of the fire from today's firing operation. Sawmill, Fort Defiance, and Window Rock will experience the most smoke impacts. Full smoke report: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NEArizona.
Weather: As a high-pressure weather system moves in from New Mexico in conjunction with a three-day rise in temperatures will decrease chances of rain in the area and could cause increased fire activity going forward.
Values: Firefighter and public safety are the highest priorities. The fire area includes multiple communities, power lines, sheep and horse camps, and cultural and historical sites, which firefighters are working hard to protect.
Closures and Restrictions: An executiveclosure order for the fire area is in place. The general public should avoid the wildfire area so as not to interfere with firefighting efforts. Road Closures: Navajo Route 7 is closed from Sawmill to Three Turkey Ruin Junction and N26 is closed from where it intersects N27 out to Route 7. Roads that remain open are N27 and N201.
More Info: Official Wood Springs 2 Fire information can be found on Facebook at BIA Wildland Fire Management – Navajo Region @BIANavajoRegion.