SHIPROCK, N.M. (KRQE) – A brush fire broke out Sunday afternoon in Shiprock on Mesa Farms Road. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Navajo Nation Wildland Fire & Aviation Management reports after the perimeter was remapped, the fire was determined to be 422 acres and is 60% contained. The cause of the fire is unknown.

The BIA reports that crews will be mopping up and continuing to secure the fire perimeter on Tuesday, May 4 as crews will be working near the fire’s edge and extinguishing any locations that are holding heat. Fire officials say resources will be available for initial attack for any new starts in the area of Shiprock.

As of Monday, evacuations for the residents in the immediate area of the fire have been lifted. Mesa Farm Road has reopened. The BIA is asking the public to reduce their speed and drive with caution as fire resources are still in the area.

  • Start Date: May 2, 2021
  • Location: About 5 miles northwest of Shiprock, NM
  • Containment: 60%
  • Size: 422 acres
  • Structures Threatened: Yes
  • Structures Burned: Yes, San Juan County Fire & Rescue reported Sunday one structure was involved with multiple outbuildings threatened or involved.
  • Evacuations: Yes, in the immediate area
  • Cause: Under investigation
  • Total Personnel: The Navajo Police Department Shiprock District, San Juan County Fire Rescue, BIA, Navajo Nation Fire Rescue, Farmington Fire Rescue
  • Area Vegetation: Russian olive, salt cedar, brush, and grass
  • Ownerships: BIA-Navajo Region

Smoke will be visible from surrounding communities including Shiprock and Gadii’ahi/To’Koi (Cudeii). BIA says smoke may settle into drainages and low-lying regions during the night.

Supplies and items suggested for an evacuation bag include:

  • Flashlight with plenty of extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications in their original bottle, plus copies of the prescriptions
  • Eyeglasses (with a copy of the prescription)
  • Water (at least one gallon per person is recommended; more is better)
  • Map of the area
  • Checkbook, cash, and credit cards
  • Phone charger
  • Foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking
  • Items that infants and elderly household members may require
  • Medical equipment and devices such as dentures, crutches, prostheses, etc.
  • Change of clothes for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member

Plans for pets include:

  • Identifying shelter
  • Gathering pet supplies
  • Ensuring your pet has proper ID and up-to-date veterinarian records
  • Providing a pet carrier and leash

Take the following steps to shelter a pet:

  • Call local animal shelter, or animal control office to get advice and information
  • Keep veterinary records to prove vaccinations are current
  • Find out which local hotels and motels allow pets and where pet boarding facilities are located.Be sure to research some outside the local area in case local facilities close
Salt Creek Fire Map (courtesy BIA Wildland Fire Management)