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Updated Jun 16, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Navajo community near Arizona border prepares for wildfire evacuation

NASCHITTI, N.M. — A wildfire that has forced the evacuations of Navajo
communities in northwestern New Mexico has grown to more than 17 square miles.

Fire officials say the Assayii Lake Fire is being fueled by fierce

There’s zero containment, and the gusts have hampered any effort to attack the
flames directly.

Fire spokeswoman Arlene Perea says parts of Naschitti (NAS’-chit-ee) and the
nearby community of Sheep Springs have been evacuated and residents in other
areas have been put on notice that they might have to leave.

Authorities estimate there are about 400 people who live in the two rural

Perea says officials are most concerned about keeping firefighters and the
public out of harm’s way given the erratic nature of the fire and the
unfavorable weather conditions.

The human-caused blaze was first reported Friday.


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