Crews make more progress against Navajo blaze

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Updated: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 01:15:27 EST

NASCHITTI, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters are gaining the upper hand against a blaze that has charred more than 22 square miles on the Navajo Nation.

Officials say crews have contained 60 percent of the Assayii (UH'-saw-he) Lake Fire. The human-caused fire has been burning for more than a week in the Chuska Mountains just east of the Arizona-New Mexico border.

All areas to the north of the fire opened Sunday, but roads south of Highway 134 remain closed for firefighter and public safety.

Navajo Nation officials say some livestock have been rescued from the area, but they're still urging ranchers who want to search for their cattle and sheep to go through the tribal emergency operations center.

Tribal officials are also being questioned about how they have been handling donations.

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