WINDOW ROCK, AZ (KRQE)- The Navajo Nation reports that the Navajo Area Bureau of Indian Affairs, BIA Fire and Aviation Management, and Navajo Region responded to a lightning-caused wildfire three miles east of Wood Springs, Arizona on June 27, 2020. On Monday, June 29 the BIA reported that residents in the area of Fluted Rock and Sawmill should be on high alert as fire activity had increased.
Community members are asked to have important items collected and be ready in the case of an evacuation. Crews report that if you are asked to evacuate you should contact your local chapter house for information on evacuation shelters. Anyone who is in need of assistance with livestock is asked to call the Department of Natural Resources at 928-871-6491.
- Start Date: June 27, 2020
- Location: Three miles east of Wood Springs, AZ and five miles from Sawmill
- Containment: 96%
- Size: 12,861 acres
- Structures Threatened: Crews report the fire area includes multiple communities, power lines, sheep camps, and cultural and historical sites that firefighters are working to protect
- Structures Burned: None
- Evacuations: Sawmill and Fluted Rock communities are instructed to be on high alert and to begin collecting important items and be ready to evacuate if asked
- Cause: Lightning
- Total Personnel: 309
- Area Vegetation: Pinon juniper, pine, sage, grasses
- Estimated Containment Date: Friday, July 17, 2020, approximately 8:00 p.m.
In an update from the Southwest Area Incident Management Team on Tuesday, crews report that no structures have been burned and there are no reported injuries. Smoke will be visible from Highway 264, Window Rock, Ganado, Sawmill, Nazlini, Chinle and other surrounding communities.
Crews say smoke from the fire will travel northeast on Tuesday and shift toward Navajo, Fort Defiance, and Window Rock overnight. Navajo Route 7 from Sawmill to the west towards Chinle and Wood Springs is closed and residents are urged to avoid the wildfire area.
Crews report fire activity may increase due to lower humidity. Fire crews are currently holding, securing, and mopping up containment lines. On Friday, July 10, crews expect there to be increased relative humidity and a reduction in wind speeds.