The wind-driven Assayii Lake fire was 60 percent contained by
Sunday morning, with the interior of the blaze burning out and
containment lines keeping flames from continuing to spread, fire
The 9-day-old blaze has charred 14,712 acres (5,954 hectares) since
it erupted in the Chuska Mountains, about six miles (10 km) east of
the Arizona border, and spread toward the communities of Sheep
Springs and Naschitti.
There were several road and highway closures around the blaze and
ranchers moving cattle and livestock out of the area were being told
obtain approval from Navajo Nation officials.
The cause of the fire was linked to a human and was under
investigation, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in New York; Editing by Nick
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