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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA - In a move to protect tribal forests and woodlands on Navajo land from the dangers of wild land fires, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed an executive order of fire restriction.
"To ensure the safety of our people and forests, we are asking everyone to be very cautious and follow the Navajo Forestry Department's fire restriction guidelines, when building an open fire and consider the extreme drought conditions and shortage of rain on the Navajo Nation," stated President Shelly.
"Our prayers go out to our neighbors in southeastern Arizona and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Nations affected by the Wallow Fire." Navajo Forestry Department Manager Alexious C. Becenti concluded, "We appreciate everyone's cooperation with our fire restrictions. The Division of Natural Resources and BIA Forestry and Fire Management aim to protect our forests and woodlands from loss to human caused catastrophic wild land fires."
Full text of the executive order can be found below:
posted June 10, 2011 11:59 am et
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Navajo Nation - Order of Fire Restriction
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Pursuant to 17 N.N.C. § 2701, upon the advice of the Navajo Forestry Department, the President of the Navajo Nation may order any area of Navajo Nation...
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