County firefighters battle multiple brush fires

Joshua Kellogg

FARMINGTON — Firefighters across San Juan County were working Sunday evening to extinguish two brush fires on the Navajo Nation after stamping out two other blazes earlier in the afternoon.

No structures had been damaged in the four fires as of Sunday evening, Truby-Tillen said.

As of 8 p.m., crews with the San Juan County Fire Department were battling a fire near Shiprock that had burned about 50 acres and another fire near Navajo Route 36 that had burned about 10 acres, according to Michele Truby-Tillen, a spokeswoman for the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management.

Crews had both fires under control as of 8 p.m.,  Truby-Tillen said.

One of the brush fires was located near mile marker 10 on Navajo Route 36. County firefighters were also assisting crews from the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Fire Management and the Farmington Fire Department with another fire near mile marker 25 along U.S. Highway 64 on the east side of Shiprock.

Also on Sunday, firefighters were dispatched to a brush fire in Santosee and another one on Mesa Farm Road near Shiprock at about 1 p.m., according to Truby-Tillen.

The fire on Mesa Farm Road, located about 6 miles west of U.S. Highway 491 near Shiprock, burned about five to 10 acres.

About half of an acre burned at the Sanostee fire near U.S Highway 491 and Navajo Route 34, Truby-Tillen said. Both BIA and county firefighters responded to that fire.

The fires on Mesa Farm Road and in Sanostee were extinguished by about 4 p.m. Sunday, Truby-Tillen said.

The causes of all of the four fires remained under investigation.