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Wildfire On Navajo Nation Grows, Threatens Communities

Navajo Region Fire and Aviation Management Bureau of Indian Affairs

Fire crews on the Navajo Nation say a lightning-caused wildfire has grown to 10,694 acres.

The Wood Springs 2 Fire is begin driven by strong winds and is burning north of Ganado and is just 5% contained. The Sawmill and Fluted Rock communities remain on high alert with smoke expected to impact the surrounding area throughout the day.

Officials say a coral has burned and a hogan sustained minor damage and sheep and horse camps as well as cultural and historic sites are threatened.  

Navajo Route 7 is closed from Sawmill to Three Turkey Ruin Junction and N26 is closed from where it intersects N27 out to Route 7.

Meanwhile, officials on the Kaibab National Forest near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon say the Mangum Fire is nearly 70 percent contained and more than 71,000 acres. It started June 6th and burned a large swath of forest near Jacob Lake. Firefighters say they’re staying vigilant as area thunderstorms could produce lightning.

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