FARMINGTON — The Assayii Lake Fire has grown to 12,105 acres in the Ch'ooshgai Mountains, according to a Tuesday morning update from the Southwest Incident Management Team 3.

Firefighters will assess the western and eastern portions of the fire today for opportunities to construct an indirect line.

They will also be working on New Mexico Highway 134, and firefighting aircraft will be used until the winds become too extreme for the aircrafts to fly safely.

High winds with gusts up to 50 miles per hour are expected to continue today.

According to the incident management team, there are approximately 50 residences threatened.

Residences in Naschitti remain under an evacuation order, and evacuated residents are being asked to seek shelter at the Tohatchi High School gymnasium in Tohatchi.

The road closure for New Mexico Highway 134 continues to be in effect.

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