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Wildfire forces Navajo families to flee

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Firefighters have made significant strides in a wildfire that has consumed more than 21 square miles of forest and grazing land on the Navajo Nation.

Fire officials say crews were able to contain 20 percent of the Assayii (UH'-say-eye) Lake Fire by Thursday night thanks to less windy weather.

Crews took advantage of light winds to mobilize air drops of water and fire retardant.

Officials say the fire was also slowed by reduced vegetation.

The blaze has destroyed at least five structures and 50 homes are still threatened.

Authorities say the human-caused fire has forced some families to evacuate their sheep camps in the Chuska Mountains, just east of the Arizona-New Mexico border.

Firefighters say they plan to keep the fire from burning southward by continuing to remove vegetation.

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sonnybabe59 June 20 2014 at 12:19 PM

Maybe the Washington Red Skins can help them.

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Jim Taylor sonnybabe59 June 21 2014 at 6:04 AM

If your land was burning, I don't think you would make so lightely fo the situation....Troll!

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soccer_sucks June 21 2014 at 1:20 AM

Maybe they should just do a RAIN DANCE

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msdbarb1 soccer_sucks June 21 2014 at 1:36 AM


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Jim Taylor soccer_sucks June 21 2014 at 5:56 AM

You suck, cruel as..hole!

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Dennis June 20 2014 at 12:58 PM

If the tree huggers would only support logging many of these large forest fires could be avoided or curtailed. Now we will never see these forests return in our lifetime.

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toneitup June 20 2014 at 1:27 PM

21 square miles and 50 homes....tells you how remote this place is.

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rothhammer1 toneitup June 20 2014 at 2:07 PM

Very sparsely populated.
I drove through there once a week, a few years back. It's Northwest of Gallup along Hwy. 491 (formerly 666).

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stimsrae June 20 2014 at 2:38 PM


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niners June 20 2014 at 11:56 PM

They don't have to pay **** your living on ther land ! Duhhh that's the price fore stealing there land !

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Old Fox Inn Inc. June 20 2014 at 11:54 AM

You'all shouldnt have meesed with that guy in Wahington

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laptop603 Old Fox Inn Inc. June 20 2014 at 4:24 PM

Crazy typing there, guy.

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leearlenew June 21 2014 at 12:22 AM

Uncle Sugar will build them a new place.

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supermolar June 20 2014 at 9:34 PM

safety tip-do not build your home in a wildfire area. You really should not have to be told that

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dave supermolar June 21 2014 at 12:56 AM

There's no real safe place to build a home. Natural disasters can happen anywhere and at anytime. There's no way to avoid that. Mudslides, tornados, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, etc.

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Jim Taylor supermolar June 21 2014 at 6:06 AM

They didn't build there by choice.....they were sentenced to that God forsaken land by our government....

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bullmesht June 20 2014 at 5:26 PM

God's way of saying don't change the name of the team. You're so damn special put the fire out yourselves.

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mccabe280 bullmesht June 20 2014 at 5:44 PM

why don't you go **** yourself too bullmesht.. ******* racist white *****

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npnozie mccabe280 June 21 2014 at 2:41 AM

Watch your mouth mccabe. Geee

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gramargo bullmesht June 20 2014 at 7:45 PM

Now that's a convoluted way of saying nothing that makes sense! What on earth does a fire have to do with a football team on the other side of the country? You are a very strange person.

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