Navajo Scouts Vincent Yazzie, left, and Harold Jones work a section of the Assayii Lake Fire on Friday in the Sand Spring area in the Ch'ooshgai Mountains (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
- 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
- Assayii Lake Fire increases to 13,250 acres
- 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, which is now about 40 percent contained, has reached 14,712 acres, according to Saturday morning update from the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3.
The blaze started on June 13 in the Ch'ooshgai Mountains, and its cause, which is suspected to be human, is under investigation.
Crews on Friday completed protective burning on the southern end of the fire, leading to more visible smoke.
Firefighters today are expected to strengthen containment lines and extend them on the fire's southern and eastern sides. They will also extinguish hot spots and cut down dangerous trees.
More interior smoke will continue to appear as winds pick up and push the blaze into unburned areas inside the fire's perimeter, according to the update.
The blaze has been fueled by piñon pine, juniper, ponderosa pine and brush.
Livestock has been found near the fire. Contact the Navajo Nation Emergency Operations Center at 505-371-8406 to arrange an escort to the animals.