An U.S. flag whips in the wind in Naschitti, N.M., as the Assayii Lake Fire continues to burn in the Chuska Mountains in the background, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. According to fire officials the fire has burned more than 12,000 acres, as of Tuesday. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Pat Vasquez-Cunningham)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As summer approaches, relief is in sight for drought-stricken New Mexico and many other parts of the West as Mother Nature appears ready to ease up on her back-to-back blows of stifling heat and gusty winds.
A break in the unfavorable weather can’t come soon enough for the hundreds of firefighters battling a blaze on the Navajo Nation that has consumed more than 20 square miles of pinon and juniper forest along with grazing lands that tribal livestock owners have used for centuries.
The Assayii Lake Fire has destroyed at least four structures. Another 50 homes near the rural communities of Naschitti and Sheep Springs Login to read more