Blaze erupts south of Klagetoh

Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, June 13, 2012

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(Special to the Times - Donovan Quintero)

O n Tuesday, officials reported that the fire south of Klagetoh, Ariz., was 10 percent contained but they said they expected it to be 100 percent contained by the end of the day on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Navajo Nation officials advised motorists to avoid travel on U.S. Highway 191 between Chambers, Ariz., and Ganado due to heavy smoke.

The wildfire started Monday afternoon and as of Tuesday had burned more than 588 acres.

No structures were damaged. Eight families were evacuated to the Wide Ruins Chapter. The chapter is being used as a command post. On site are Navajo Nation officials, Navajo Nation Police and Apache County and Arizona Department of Transportation officials.

BIA firefighters were on site with four engines, two from the BIA and two from Ganado Fire Department.

Bucket drops of water were conducted by helicopters. Two Navajo Nation fire engines from Window Rock were on the scene assisting with mop up on Tuesday.

According to the BIA Branch of Fire Management, the wildfire is human caused and is under investigation.

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