Junipine Fire Contained, But Assayii Lake Fire Still Burning

June 19, 2014

A small wildfire in northern Arizona's scenic Oak Creek Canyon that forced the evacuation of about 40 people is fully contained.

Infrared mapping shows the so-called Junipine Fire charred about seven acres. It was reported Monday afternoon and contained late Tuesday.

Authorities believe the fire was sparked by a downed power line. No structures were threatened.

Meanwhile, firefighters have made some progress in containing a wildfire on the Navajo Nation that has consumed more than 21 square miles, including grazing lands that tribal livestock owners have used for centuries.

Fire officials said Thursday morning that the Assayii Lake Fire is 5 percent contained.

The blaze has destroyed at least five structures. About 50 homes near the rural communities of Naschitti and Sheep Springs remain threatened with some in Naschitti evacuated.

The human-caused fire has been burning since Friday in acres of piñon and juniper forest.

The Junipine Fire was north of the remains of the Slide Fire, which broke out last month and burned in rugged terrain for more than two weeks.