This image provided by Inci Web shows a plume of smoke in the Chuska Mountains near Naschitti on Sunday. Firefighters on Tuesday assessed the western and eastern portions of the Assayii Lake Fire. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)
- Jun 27:
- Assayii Lake Fire zone remains closed for the weekend
- Jun 26:
- Assayii Lake Fire at 90 percent containment, downgraded to Type 3 blaze
- Jun 25:
- Assayii Lake Fire reaches 90 percent containment
- Jun 24:
- Firefighters continue work on the Assayii Lake Fire as containment reaches 80 percent
- Jun 22:
- Assayii Lake Fire could be downgraded
- Jun 21:
- Assayii Lake Fire is 60 percent contained
- More visible smoke from Assayii Lake Fire expected today
- Jun 20:
- One week after its start, Assayii Lake Fire is 40 percent contained
- One week after its start, Assayii Lake Fire is 20 percent contained
- Jun 19:
- With 20 percent containment, Assayii Lake Fire has burned 13,450 acres
- Assayii Lake Fire has so far cost $2.5 million to fight
- Containment on Assayii Lake Fire remains steady
- Jun 18:
- Assayii Lake Fire is 5 percent contained, tops 13,000 acres
- Assayii Lake Fire benefit concert in Shiprock set for Thursday night
- Jun 17:
- Assayii Lake Fire reaches 12,107 acres, remains at 0 percent containment
- San Juan County organizations, community members collect donations for Assayii Lake Fire victims
- LIVE: Coverage of the Assayii Lake Fire
- Assayii Lake Fire now at 12,105 acres
- Jun 16:
- Assayi Lake Fire causes Naschitti residents to evacuate
- Evacuation order issued for Naschitti due to Assayi Lake Fire
- Newcomb, Naschitti CCSD schools being evacuated due to Assayii Lake fire
FARMINGTON — The Assayii Lake Fire has increased to 13,250 acres and remains at zero percent containment, according to a Wednesday morning update from the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3.
The fire started on Friday in the Ch'ooshgai Mountains and has affected forest lands within Crystal and Naschitti chapters.
If weather permits today, firefighters will construct a direct line on the west side of the fire and continue to protect the communication tower on the north side, according to the update.
At of about 11:30 p.m., the fire was about five miles west of U.S. Highway 491 in the Naschitti Chapter and was a couple of miles from N.M. Highway 134, according to incident management team.
Personnel are planning to construct a dozer line on the east side if possible and will continue to assess the southern portion of the fire and construct lines where appropriate.
The National Weather Service forecasts wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour and a 10 percent chance of precipitation for the area.
There are now 686 personnel working on the blaze with 19 crews, 21 engines, nine helicopters and three dozers, according to the update.
Approximately 50 residences continue to be threatened and personnel continue to assess the damages. Four structures have been destroyed, through the incident management team cautions that is not a firm number.
N.M. Highway 134, Navajo Route 30 and Navajo Route 31 remain closed, and, for safety reasons, the general public is encouraged not to travel on access roads leading to the Bowl Canyon Recreation Area.
For more information visit, www.facebook.com/assayiilakefire or http://inciweb.nwcg.gov.