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Crews make more progress against Navajo blaze

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The Asaayii Lake Fire rages out of control at the ridge of the Chuska Mountains, west of Naschitti, N.M., on June 17, 2014. PHOTO BY DONOVAN QUINTERO, AP The Asaayii Lake Fire rages out of control at the ridge of the Chuska Mountains, west of Naschitti, N.M., on June 17, 2014. PHOTO BY DONOVAN QUINTERO, AP
NEW MEXICO - 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 north of the fire opened Sunday, but roads south of Highway 134 remain closed for firefighters 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. 

Source: Associated Press