About 870 firefighters improved firelines Friday in the Navajo Nation’s Chuska Mountains north of Gallup where wildfire has charred 13,482 acres, officials said.
Light winds allowed 10 helicopters and at least one fixed-wing aircraft to drop water and fire retardant in the fire’s active areas, Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3 reported.
The fire was 20 percent contained Friday.
Hot and dry conditions caused fire in islands of unburned vegetation within the fire’s boundary, resulting in smoke, officials said.
N.M. 134 and other roads are closed in the area of the fire.