FARMINGTON — The Assayii Lake Fire zone will remain closed throughout the weekend due to high winds, according to a press release from the Southwest Area Interagency Type 3 Team.
The Navajo Nation Emergency Operations Center closed the fire zone to residents, livestock owners and the public on Thursday, citing safety concerns the high winds could cause trees to fall. N.M. Highway 134, which travels from Sheep Springs to Crystal, remains open.
The fire, which is currently 95 percent contained, started June 13 in the Ch'ooshgai Mountains and has burned 14,712 acres. Officials believe the blaze was caused by human activity.
Firefighters are working to repair and restore bulldozer and hand lines. Firefighters are also patrolling the area to put out hot spots. They are removing unneeded water pumps, storage tanks, trash and other equipment.
The number of personnel involved in fighting the fire has decreased to 191.
As the fire containment increases, the need for firefighters and equipment will decrease, and resources from the Assayii Lake Fire will be sent to other fires in the region.
Wildfires are also burning in eastern Arizona and Colorado.