Firefighters continue response to fire in Shiprock

Size of burn now targeted at 214 acres

The Daily Times staff
A firefighter extinguishes a hot spot from a wildfire on Monday near Navajo Route 364 and Fifth Lane in Shiprock.

FARMINGTON — Firefighters continue to clean and secure the area impacted by a fire that started Sunday in the Mesa Farm area in Shiprock.

Johnson Benallie, regional assistant fire management officer for the Navajo Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Fire and Aviation Management, said the fire was 50 percent contained today.

The fire has burned 214 acres, Benallie said, more than twice as much territory as officials first reported. Benallie explained the area had been re-evaluated by GPS mapping, revealing a more accurate acreage.

Further information about the fire and efforts to combat it were posted late Monday on the BIA Wildland Fire Management Navajo Region Facebook page.

The fire was human caused, and strong winds contributed to the fire's growth, the post states.

Firefighters anticipate the fire will be contained fully by Friday, according to the post.

The Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management reported no structures had been lost.

Anyone with information about how the fire started can report information anonymously by calling WeTip at 800-472-7766. WeTip is a national nonprofit organization the BIA has teamed with to receive information about suspicious wildfires that occur on or near tribal lands.