FARMINGTON — The Assayii Lake Fire zone will remain closed throughout the weekend.

The closure, which was announced on Thursday night, remains in effect because of high winds forecasted for the area, said Rose Whitehair, director of the Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management.

The Navajo Nation Emergency Operations Center closed the fire zone to residents, livestock owners and the public due to safety concerns because high wind activity could cause trees to fall.

All roads into the fire area are closed and travel beyond road closure signs is prohibited.

Law enforcement, forestry, rangers and fish and wildlife personnel are in the area to enforce the closures, according to a Thursday press release from the Southwest Interagency Type 3 Management Team.

N.M. Highway 134, which travels from Sheep Springs to Crystal, remains open.

The fire, which started on June 13 and has consumed 14,712 acres, is now 95 percent contained, and the number of personnel has decreased to 247.

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

Patricia Bean, public information officer for the Southwest Interagency Type 3 Management Team, said personnel are continuing mop up and rehabilitation efforts within the fire's boundary.

Officials do not expect the fire to grow beyond its boundary.

"They expect things to stay the status quo," Bean said.

Burning within the fire's interior produced minimal smoke on Friday, she said.

A fire restriction on all tribal land remains in effect.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and nsmith@daily-times.com. Follow her @nsmithdt on Twitter.