Evacuation order lifted in Naschitti after fire

August 8, 2014 • State News

NASCHITTI, N.M. (AP) — An evacuation order has been lifted for some residents of the small northwestern New Mexico town of Naschitti after fire crews extinguished a burning big rig hauling hazardous materials.

[auth] San Juan County Fire Department officials say the semi truck was carrying a load of propane bottles and adhesive product.

Crews let the fire burn itself out so the adhesive would not spread out on the highway.

Navajo Nation officials say the truck crashed and burned around 6:40 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 491.

An evacuation order was issued for residents within two miles of the site and temporary evacuation shelters were mobilized as fire crews and a hazmat team responded to the fire.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

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