Crew boss Tina Tsosie, a fire manager with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, works with members of the Navajo Scouts as they prepare meals on June 18 at Newcomb Elementary School for 250 firefighters battling the Assayii Lake Fire. (The Daily Times file photo)
- 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
- 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 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.