FARMINGTON — The Assayii Lake Fire has increased to 13,250 acres and remains at zero percent containment, according to a Wednesday morning update from the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3.

The fire started on Friday in the Ch'ooshgai Mountains and has affected forest lands within Crystal and Naschitti chapters.

If weather permits today, firefighters will construct a direct line on the west side of the fire and continue to protect the communication tower on the north side, according to the update.

At of about 11:30 p.m., the fire was about five miles west of U.S. Highway 491 in the Naschitti Chapter and was a couple of miles from N.M. Highway 134, according to incident management team.

Personnel are planning to construct a dozer line on the east side if possible and will continue to assess the southern portion of the fire and construct lines where appropriate.

The National Weather Service forecasts wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour and a 10 percent chance of precipitation for the area.

There are now 686 personnel working on the blaze with 19 crews, 21 engines, nine helicopters and three dozers, according to the update.

Approximately 50 residences continue to be threatened and personnel continue to assess the damages. Four structures have been destroyed, through the incident management team cautions that is not a firm number.

N.M. Highway 134, Navajo Route 30 and Navajo Route 31 remain closed, and, for safety reasons, the general public is encouraged not to travel on access roads leading to the Bowl Canyon Recreation Area.

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