Fire Restriction Lifted on Navajo Nation, Cautions against Monsoon Flooding

Navajo Times photo - Ravonelle Yazzie

Navajo Times photo – Ravonelle Yazzie

WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA — The Navajo Nation fire restriction has been lifted that was issued on June 12, 2014.

On August 1, President Ben Shelly signed the executive order lifting the fire restriction. Sharon Pinto, director for BIA Navajo Region, also signed the order, according to a news release issued August 5, 2014 by the President Shelly’s office.

“The Navajo Nation fire restriction was executed because of high fire danger. However, the monsoon weather has substantially reduced this risk,” President Shelly said. “Therefore, the fire restriction is hereby lifted.”

Even with the fire restriction in place, the Navajo Nation experienced the Assayii Lake Fire that destroyed 4,712 acres and some $7.4 million in damages.

President Shelly noted that responsible fire use, especially in forest and woodland areas of the Navajo Nation must be observed.

Recent rains from the summer monsoon storms have created other potential dangers.

The seasonal monsoon weather creates flooding, especially in in lowland and floodplain areas. The public is discouraged from attempting passage through flooded roads, especially when moving flood runoff cover roadway areas.

The Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management remains on standby for possible flood emergencies and has spent the past few months conducting sandbag training for chapters across the Nation.

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