Navajo Nation declares fire, drought emergency

The Navajo Nation declared a state of emergency in response to fires and drought conditions on the reservation.

At one point, nine fires burned on the reservation, forcing some people to evacuate. All but one fire has been contained.

The tribe is taking steps to prevent more blazes. Tribal members will not be allowed to start fires except for ceremonial purposes, for which a Bureau of Indian Affairs permit must be obtained.

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Navajo Nation declares state of emergency (The Farmington Daily Times 6/15)
Wildfires seize Navajo country (The Salt Lake Tribune 6/14)

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