Asayii Fire 60 percent contained

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GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) – Crews continue to make progress with the Asayii Fire burning in the Chuska Mountains near Gallup. On Sunday morning, officials reported the fire, which has burned more than 14,000 acres, is 60 percent contained.

Nearly 600 personnel continue to fight the blaze which sparked Friday, June 13, when a man burned weeds in the area.

On Sunday, crews planned to continue to improve and complete fire lines, and mop up the outside perimeter.

Highway 134 and all areas to the north reopened around 8 a.m. Sunday, however, five access roads south of the highway remain closed.

According to a news release, access to the east of Highway 491 will be open and specific ares to the west of Highway 491 will reopen, but the area around the fire remains closed. Officials released the following information:

  • The public may enter the 6690 road south of Highway 134, but cannot travel west of the 708 road. They may travel back east to Highway 491 and also travel east of the 6690 road.
  • The 705 and 714 roads are open to the beginning of the Ponderosa Pines, but not beyond. Firefighters are working in the area, so no further access will be allowed.
  • The 691 road is open. The 701 road is open until it intersects the 720 road. At the intersection, travel is allowed south to the 703 road, but not west on the 720 road. Travel is prohibited west of the 701 road on the 703 road. The public can travel the loop back east to the 491 road. All roads east of these locations are open to homeowners only.
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