FARMINGTON — All roads into the Assayii Lake Fire area are now open for lessees and permit holders, according to an update issued by the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3.

All lessees and permit holders must show proof of documentation before they are granted access to the area. They should carry documentation when traveling in the area if they are stopped by officials, said Patricia Bean, public information officer for the incident management team.

All other members of the public are asked to stay out of the fire area until a complete assessment is done by Navajo Nation officials because potential hazards remain. Among the hazards are fallen trees and holes in the ground that people could step in and become severely burned.

There also continues to be a heavy presence by firefighters and a high volume of traffic on forestry roads as personnel and equipment are delivered.

Individuals permitted access to the fire area are urged to drive slowly and with caution.

No new livestock will be allowed to be transported into the area until the assessment is done.

The fire, which started on June 13 and consumed 14,712 acres, is 90 percent contained and the number of personnel has dropped to 351.

Officials have reported the cause of the blaze was human-caused, but it remains under investigation.

On Thursday, the fire will transition from a Type 2 fire to a Type 3 fire and will be managed by a Southwest Area Interagency Type 3 Team. The commander of that team is Leon Ben with Bureau of Indian Affairs Western Regional Office in Phoenix.

According to an evening update from the incident management team, crews are continuing to secure the last of the fire line on the southwest section of the fire, west of Long Lake.

Isolated pockets of fuel inside the fire's perimeter may continue to burn in the weeks ahead until the monsoon quashes the fire, according to the update. Smoke may still be seen during that time.