Assayaii Lake fire contained 5 percent as of Thursday morning
By Terry Bowman
FORT DEFIANCE, June 19, 2014
The Assayii Lake fire, which has burned an estimated 13,448 acres as of Thursday morning in the Chuska Mountains, is now contained 5 percent.
“Yesterday was a really good day,” said Todd Abel, operations section chief, (of the SWA Incident Management Team) at Thursday morning’s meeting at the Tse Ho Tso Middle School gymnasium.
According to Abel, because the winds calmed down to around 10 miles per hour, firefighters were able to move in and set up dozer lines around the southern and eastern parts of the fire, stopping the spread of the fire to the areas of Naschitti and Mexican Springs, N.M.
With winds expected to say at 10 miles per hour today, firefighters hope to move back in and set up more dozer lines in the northeast.
Dozer lines will also be set up around the southern flank of the fire to keep it from spreading back south towards Assayii Lake where the fire initially started.
Fire officials are estimating five structures having been destroyed by the fire, but that number has yet to be confirmed.
Travelers are not permitted to travel on access roads leading to the Bowl Canyon Recreation Area. Roads closed in the area are Navajo Route 134, also knows as Narbona Pass road, at Sheep Springs to Crystal Boarding School, Navajo Route 31, and Navajo Route 30 at Mexican Springs.
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