Firefighters say locals treated them well
By Alastair Lee Bitsoi
NEWCOMB, N.M., June 26, 2014
(Times photo – Donovan Quintero)
Henry, who serves as the crew boss for the Acoma Initial Attack Crew, spent over a week at the East Spike Camp in Newcomb with approximately 300 other firefighters from throughout the Southwest, including the Navajo Scouts, fighting the human-caused fire in the Chooshgai Mountains.
At its peak, the Assayii Lake Fire had about 700 personnel battling the blaze, with the Southwest Incident Management Team 3 commanding it.
The East Spike Crew camp closed Monday with teams like the Navajo Scouts and Blue Ridge Hotshots relocating to the central spike camp in Crystal, N.M., according to Peter D'Aquanni, fire information officer for the Southwest Incident Management Team 3.
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