Small fire burning on Mushroom Peak

CHINLE

Courtesy Photo | BIA Wildland Fire Management
Smoke can be seen on Mushroom Peak Wednesday. The fire is currently estimated at 10 acres.

A lightning-caused fire on the top of Mushroom Peak, about three miles north of Wheatfields Lake, had burned an estimated 10 acres of forest as of 10:45 a.m. today (Thursday) and was not contained.

“We do have individuals on the peak,” said an employee who answered the phone at Navajo Regional Fire Dispatch. “It’s hard getting equipment up there because the only access is a (foot) trail.”

The spokesman said no structures are threatened.

The fire was reported by various individuals late Wednesday afternoon and smoke was visible from as far away as Chinle and Sanostee, New Mexico, according to Facebook posts.

Residents are asked to avoid the fire area so firefighters can get through.


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Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at cyurth@navajotimes.com.