County fire responds to large brush fire in Nenahnezad area

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
Several wildfires are burning in New Mexico right now. Officials are concerned that the state's dry conditions have created a busy 2022 fire season before May has even arrived. The Bureau of Land Management is the latest agency to announce fire restrictions.

FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Fire Department responded to an active fire burning north of the Nenahnezad area May 12.

County firefighters were dispatched around 4 p.m. to the area of the Nenahnezad Community School on reports of a brush fire, according to San Juan County Spokesman Devin Neeley.

He did not have an estimated size for the fire. 

Four San Juan County Fire Districts are responding to the fire along with the Navajo Nation Fire Department, Farmington Fire Department and Bureau of Indian Affairs Fire.

San Juan County firefighters and multiple agencies are responding to an active fire burning north of Nenahnezad area on May 12.

Neeley said some small spot fires did spark on the north side of the San Juan River but a majority of the fire is burning on the south side.

Several structures north of the fire were put on pre-evacuation notice but there are no structures threatened at 6:30 p.m.

By 9 p.m. the fire had calmed.

"Fire behavior has reduced significantly after nightfall," the department reported in a final evening update. "The incident will be turned over to BIA Fire to monitor over night."

County Fire at 4:44 p.m. posted on its Facebook page that they were responding with multiple agencies to a large brush fire in the Nenahnezad area.

The San Juan County Office of Emergency Management at 5:10 p.m. posted on its Facebook page, asking people to avoid the area.

Firefighters lit backfires to help contain the fire, Neeley said. He said believed firefighters would likely be working into the night until the wind dies die in the area of the fire.

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