Posted: 6/22/2014 - 4:00 pm
As of 2:00 p.m. June 22, 2014 fire officials extended road openings in the areas east and north of the Assayii Lake Fire. Highway 134 and all areas to the north are open. The five access roads south of Highway 134 continue to be closed due to firefighter and public safety.
Access to the east of Highway 491 is open. Specific areas (see below) to the west of Highway 491 have opened. As of 2 p.m. today, 3 road closures have been pushed west to expand the open areas. Changes to earlier road closures include:
- Roads 703 and 720 are now open to the Intersection of 703, 720 and the FOBS road.
- Road 700 is now open to the intersection of Roads 700 and 706.
- Road 707 is...
Posted: 6/22/2014 - 8:36 am
Firefighting efforts continue to be successful on the Assayii Lake Fire. The primary firefighting activities today will be to continue to improve and complete fire lines as well as mop-up from the outside perimeter toward the inside for about 100 feet. We remind the public that interior burning could continue to smoke until significant moisture is received over the fire.
Start date: June 13, 2014
Cause: Human, Under Investigation
Location: 10 miles northeast of Navajo, New Mexico
Fuels: Pinyon Pine, Juniper, Ponderosa Pine, and Brush
Terrain: Steep, rugged
Posted: 6/21/2014 - 7:30 pm
The Assayii Lake fire is estimated at 14,712 acres and is approximately 60 percent contained. As of 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, June 22, 2014, Highway 134 and all areas to the north will reopen. The five access roads south of Highway 134 continue to be closed due to firefighter and public safety.
Access to the east of Highway 491 will be open and specific areas (see below) to the west of Highway 491 will reopen, however, the area around the fire area is closed.
- The public may enter the 6690 Road south of Highway 134, but cannot travel west of the 708 Road. They may travel back east to Highway 491 and also travel east of the 6690 Road.
- The 705 and 714 Roads are open to...
Posted: 6/21/2014 - 3:58 pm
The Oak Fire is burning in the Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest. The fire is approximately 2,640 acres and estimated at 5 percent contained.
The fire is being managed for multiple objectives, not suppressed, so overall, “containment” is a misleading term. Various areas of the fire may be managed differently; portions of the fire boundary will be suppressed to prevent spread onto State and private lands, while the growth on the Forest land may be allowed in order to attain objectives.
The fire is meeting management objectives, and the burn pattern is mosaic. The fire is being managed within a planned area boundary using strategy and tactics. It is necessary to...
Posted: 6/21/2014 - 8:38 am
The Assayii Lake fire is approximately 14,712 acres and estimated to be 40 percent contained. Yesterday’s firefighting efforts were very successful. Firefighters were able to complete protective burning operations on the southern end of the fire. Smoke became more visible yesterday afternoon as these burnout operations proceeded.
Today firefighters plan to continue strengthening containment lines while extending them on the southern and eastern sides of the fire. Interior smoke will continue to appear today as winds pick up and push fire into unburned areas within the interior. They will look for and put out hot...