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Roads around Navajo Nation wildfire reopen

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP/CBS5) -

Firefighters have reopened all roads around a wildfire that has scorched nearly 23 square miles of terrain on the Navajo Nation just east of the Arizona-New Mexico border.

Navajo Nation officials say roadways reopened Wednesday morning, but only for people with certain permits.

Officials said others will still have to stay out of the area until the Navajo Nation can do a more complete assessment.

Officials said some driving hazards do exist in certain locations due to large amounts of coarse sand and dirt on the roads.

Crews say the Assayii Lake Fire is now 80 percent contained.

Firefighters are still clearing hot spots and tree debris and burned areas are considered unsafe.

Authorities say anyone driving in the area should proceed slowly for firefighter and public safety.

The human-caused fire began July 13 and forced evacuations from the rural communities of Naschitti and Sheep Springs.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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