Fire activity: Yá’át’ééh abiní. Fire lines continue to hold the fire west of Route 7 and north of the powerlines. The fire did not get any measurable rain yesterday, however cloud cover and higher relative humidity levels decreased fire behavior on much of the fire. Similar weather conditions are expected today.
The fire south of N-26 did not see significant growth yesterday, however, fire crews continue patrolling, securing, and improving established fire lines today. Handlines are being constructed on the west side of the fire north of N-26. Light winds will allow for additional firing operations off Route 7 on the northern portion of the fire in an effort to keep the wildfire from jumping Route 7. Helicopters delivered water, and air tankers dropped multiple loads of retardant along Route 7 yesterday to reinforce the fire line. Aircraft will continue to strategically work the fire where needed.
An unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) aircraft (aka drone) is arriving today and will begin reconnaissance work and possible areal ignitions if required. Crews are positioned along Route 7 extinguishing spot fires on the east side of the road, which are caused by blowing embers. Initial assessment by ground crews in the fire area indicated two corals have burned. Additionally, one hogan sustained minor fire damage. Structure assessment will continue to occur when it is safe for firefighters to enter. Cooperation on fire containment and related operations continues between fire personnel and local, tribal, and federal agencies
Communities Affected: The communities of Sawmill and Fluted Rock remain on high alert. Please continue to be ready. If you are asked to evacuate, please contact your local chapter house for information on evacuation shelters.
Smoke: Wind will not carry smoke as far from the fire today and some light smoke may drift to the west, towards Chinle and beyond, where it has not been noticed before. As the day begins to cool, areas just to the east of the fire will again have dense smoke settle into low lying areas. Sawmill, Fort Defiance, and Window Rock may experience periods unhealthy air overnight. A full smoke report is available through https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NEArizona.
Weather: Winds will be light, gusting 5-15 miles per hour with rain expected and scattered showers in the morning and again midday. Should thunderstorms occur, erratic winds could develop. Relative humidity levels will be between 25 and 28 percent. Daytime temperatures in the mid-70s are expected.
Values: Firefighter and public safety are the highest priorities on the Wood Springs 2 Fire. The fire area includes multiple communities, power lines, sheep and horse camps, and cultural and historical sites, which firefighters are working hard to protect.
Closures and Restrictions: The following roads are closed except to residents: Navajo Route 7 is closed from Sawmill to Three Turkey Ruin Junction and N26 is closed from where it intersects N27 out to Route 7. Roads that remain open are N27 and N201. The general public should avoid the wildfire area so as not to interfere with firefighting efforts.
Location: 5 miles west of Sawmill, AZ
Percent containment: 17%
Resources: 429 personnel
Size: 11,857 acres
Vegetation: Pińon-Juniper, ponderosa pine, sage, grasses
Facebook: BIA Wildland Fire Management – Navajo Region