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Asááyi Lake Fire On Navajo Nation at 11,000 Acres

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 20th, 2014 Last Updated on: June 20th, 2014

Photo by Nikki via KOB TV

Photo by Nikki via KOB TV

What started out as a 1,000 acre fire on the Navajo Nation has now grown to 11,000 acres in the Chuska Mountains according to reports by Navajo Times and other news outlets.

The Navajo Hotshots make their way to the fire in the Chuska Mountains near Asaayi Lake, which is east of Navajo Pine, N.M. - Times photo - Ravonelle Yazzie

The Navajo Hotshots make their way to the fire in the Chuska Mountains near Asaayi Lake, which is east of Navajo Pine, N.M. – Times photo – Ravonelle Yazzie

Many native communities have been evacuated and it is feared more will be asked to leave as well.

The evacuation has also led to a call for donations. From KOB TV, according to a post on the Navajo Nation Dept. of Fish & Wildfire's Facebook page, a Type 2 Command Team is now in charge of all operations with assistance & collaboration from Navajo Nation. They have a command center set up at the Crystal Multi-Purpose Building located in Crystal, NM. For additional information & donations please contact the command center directly at 505-777-2800.

University of New Mexico – GALLUP students are also collecting donations for the victims of the fire. If you can please drop off items at either UNM Gallup Campus or Naschitti Chapter, which has set up shelter for those in need. Donations of, bed rolls, blankets, food etc. The fire fighters also need help, with food and water. Send all donation to UNM GALLUP CAMPUS or Naschitti Chapter House.


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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Wilson

Donations wear coming in then the Navajo Nation stepped in and diverted everything to Ft Defiance AZ. Perishable items were stored until it was to late. Many people and orginazations were bringing in donations until the tribe did that. Our tribal president gave our tribe a bad name by doing that

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