Posted: 6/26/2014 - 2:05 pm
The Oak Fire is expected to continue to grow to the south and west in the Rattlesnake Creek, Corral Canyon and Paddy’s River areas. The fire is expected to stay active until a monsoonal weather pattern settles into the area.
The fire is being managed within a planning area boundary using strategy and tactics necessary to minimize impacts to sensitive areas and values at risk while maximizing benefits to natural resources. Beneficial effects include removal of fuels, decadent grasses, shrubs, and snags. The fire is burning with a mosaic pattern of intensities, with the majority of the area burning at low to moderate intensity.
Aerial ignition (...
Posted: 6/26/2014 - 7:54 am
The Assayii Lake Fire is now being managed by a Southwest Area Interagency Type-3 Incident Management Team (IMT). As an interagency team the firefighters are from federal, state and local agencies. The incident command post location and contact numbers remain the same.
Winds are expected to increase today into tonight. In spite of this, minimal fire behavior is anticipated. Isolated pockets of fuel in the interior of the fire may continue to burn in the days and weeks ahead until rain extinguishes the fire. Smoke may be seen until that time.
For safety concerns, the fire area remains closed to the general public. Trees weakened by the fire may fall without warning. Winds will...
Posted: 6/25/2014 - 7:59 pm
The Oak Fire is being managed within a planned area boundary using strategy and tactics necessary to minimize impacts to sensitive areas and values at risk while maximizing benefits to natural resources. Beneficial effects include removal of fuels, decadent grasses, shrubs, and snags. The fire is burning with a mosaic pattern of intensities, with the majority of the area burning at low to moderate intensity.
Last night aerial ignition (fuel-filled spheres which ignite upon impact with the ground, dropped from a helicopter) occurred along a ridgeline in the Kennedy Peak area. This was done to apply fire to the ridgeline and allow it to back down to lower...
Posted: 6/25/2014 - 7:50 pm
The Navajo Nation Emergency Operations Command Center stresses that the Assayii Lake Fire zone is still unsafe to residents, livestock owners and the general public.
While the Incident Management Type 2 team transfers the management of the fire to the Incident Management Type 3 team, fire suppression activities are expected to continue for several more weeks. Hot spots are still active and firefighters will remain in the area. Restricted access to the area will continue as the transition is made on Thursday morning.
Law enforcement and natural resource law enforcement patrols will continue until further notice. The Navajo Nation Fire Restrictions and Emergency...
Posted: 6/25/2014 - 5:38 pm
The Slide Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been heavily engaged in treatments efforts and now with Interim Request #2’s approval, hillslope treatments of seeding and straw mulch application using certified weed-free products has begun. Aerial seeding began mid-morning today and helimulching efforts begin tomorrow.
The goal is to treat the areas which pose the most severe hydrologic response to values at risk before the onset of the monsoon season in an effort to slow down runoff and decrease the water repellency of the soil.
Be advised that fixed wing and helicopter aircraft will be active over the Slide Fire area for the next two to three weeks. Also, expect heavy...