INCIDENT SUMMARY | Fire resources were dispatched on Thursday, April 12, 2018, around 1609 PDT. The fire was said to be about 28 miles E/SE of Whiteriver; south and east of Alpine about 30 miles, Arizona. It is a far distance from Show Low.
The fire is burning in the most southern end of the Alpine Ranger District, just north of the Bear Wallow Wilderness.
On Friday, April 13, 2018, it was said that the fire had moved on to the Fort Apache and San Carlos Indian Reservations and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) lands.
CAUSE | The cause is unknown at this time and is under investigation. Other reports indicate it was a human-caused fire but the exact ignition has not been released Fire Officials as of yet due to the ongoing investigation.
FIRE FUELS | Fire fuels consist of Ponderosa pine and grass understory.
COMMAND | The White Mountain Zone Type 3 IMT assumed Fire Command at 1800 hours MST.
RESOURCES | (4) Type-1 Hotshot Crews, Cibecue Fuels Crew, Fort Apache Fuels Crew, (3) Water Tenders, (1) bulldozer, (2) Type-6 Engines, (1) Type-3 Helicopter and additional overhead team support services. (1) Type-2 IMT (Andrews, IC), (2) SEATs filled. (1) T3 Helicopter and (2) T1 IHC’s have been ordered.
INCIDENT COOPERATORS | Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Northeastern AZ Public Information System 311.
SIZE UP | There is no known cause. The fire has burned over 1,700 acres (as of 1720 hours MST). There is a 0% containment status.
On Thursday night, fire crews conducted burnout operations in the northwest corner of the fire perimeter. It held within the maverick burn block and in the Wallow Fire area. It was said to be moving in a northeast direction and backing into a canyon towards the Black River. Crews were working on two slop overs in the southwest fire perimeter and the eastern flank.
CLOSURES | A section of the alpine Ranger District on the ASNF’s is now in effect.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS | #NoDronesInFireZones and this is why.
Have an Arson Tip? | Contact the Fire Command for this fire by calling WE-TIP at 1-800-47ARSON (1-800-472-7766).
SOCIAL MEDIA | We are reporting this wildfire as #RattlesnakeFire and #AZwildfire2018
(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/13/2018 @ 2100 PDT/MST