Rattlesnake Fire Update, Saturday, April 21, 2018

Southwest Area

Incident Management Team

Team 5 – Jeff Andrews – Incident Commander


Media & Public Information Contact: Email: rattlesnakefireinfo2018@gmail.com

Phone: 928-339-4139

Rattlesnake Fire Update, Saturday, April 21, 2018

Łťiish bitseghál kó bighą nagoďíi

Touch of Winter Slows Rattlesnake Fire


Location: Southeast of Whiteriver, AZ

Cause: Human Caused-under investigation

Percent containment: 24%

Start date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Size: 14,427 acres

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass understory

Resources: Approximately 499 personnel

Fire activity: Additional acreage yesterday was a result of burnout operations along Forest Road 25 as crews continued to strengthen control lines along the eastern edge. Fire lines are secure enough that containment has increased on the northern flanks near the Black River, and northeast edge by Conklin Creek. Numerous resources have relocated to other more active areas of the fire to assist with suppression efforts. As firefighters continue to secure control lines, a burnout operation will bring smoke and fire close to Highway 191 near KP Cienega between Forest Roads 21 and 54. Timing of the firing operation will be dictated by safety, weather, and operational progress. ADOT personnel are prepared to control traffic for public safety between Hannagan Meadow and Stray Horse on Highway 191 with a pilot car or temporarily close the highway until the danger passes.

Values & Objectives: Fire fighters are working to complete fire line around the entire perimeter. All fire actions are assessed in relation to protecting values and minimizing impacts on cultural resources, wildlife, wilderness, watersheds, recreation areas, and natural resources.

Safety: Visitors are reminded to use caution when traveling along highway 191 and surrounding forest roads as smoke may reduce visibility in the area, especially in the evenings as smoke settles in lower elevations. There is also a large amount of emergency vehicle traffic, so please proceed with caution in the vicinity of the fire.

Weather: Yesterday was much cooler, with lighter winds and increased humidity.  Starting today and into the next few days, the forecast is calling for warmer and drier conditions. Available fuels will dry as temperatures increase and humidity drops. Fire activity yesterday was minimal, therefore the smoke generated was also minimal. Smoke drifted east from the fire during the day.  Today smoke is expected to settle in the valleys to the south of the fire before sunrise and continue all day becoming heaviest around 6 PM. Sunday’s smoke pattern will be similar to Saturday except during the morning the smoke will be pooled in the valleys to the south and west of the fire, during the afternoon into the evening a small amount of smoke will be pushed toward Alpine, Springerville and St. Johns.

Closures: Closures are in place on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, White Mountain Apache Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Visit the Rattlesnake Fire Inciweb page for details.

Restrictions: On Monday, April 23 at 1:00 a.m., the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will enter into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires. San Carlos Apache Reservation implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on April 17, 2018. Modified Stage 2 Fire Restrictions continue on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

InciWeb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5740) - BIA Fort Apache Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMgt/ - Stage 1 Fire Restrictions https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/fire/?cid=fseprd538403 - Arizona Department of Environmental Quality https://www.phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx


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