FARMINGTON —Firefighters on Tuesday continued to enforce fire lines on the Assayii Lake Fire, according to an update issued by the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3.

Crews also completed repairs on forestry roads and bulldozer line rehabilitation.

Smoke was expected to be visible from the Ch'ooshgai Mountains because interior pockets of unburned fuel have the potential to burn.

Containment is now at 80 percent, and the number of personnel has been reduced to 405.

According to previous updates, the blaze, which started on June 13, has destroyed five structures.

The cause of the fire, which officials have said is human-caused, is still under investigation.

On Thursday, the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3 will transfer command of the fire to the Bureau of Indian Affairs Western Regional Office in Phoenix.

Incident Commander Leon Ben Jr. will assume command at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

The incoming incident management team will continue to oversee patrol, mop up and rehabilitation of the fire.

N.M. Highway 134 is opened, but road closures remain for areas adjacent to the fire area. The roads into the Assayii Lake Fire area will open at 6 a.m. today for lessees and permittees, but no additional livestock can be brought into the area until a complete assessment is done by Navajo Nation Officials. People without leases or permits in the area are asked not to enter until the assessment. 

People driving on the roads are urged to drive slowly and carefully due to the heavy volume of firefighter traffic.

Because of falling trees and holes in the ground that people could step in and get severely burned, individuals are asked to stay outside of the burned fire area.