OOA – Arizona Wildfires Sit Rep – May 18, 2018

Statewide, Ariz. – We have gleaned information from various sources and put into a single post on wildfires that are burning across the State.

HAPPY FIRE

The Happy Fire is located in the NW District of the Arizona Department of Forestry and about 19 miles north of Bagdad on Mohon Peak in Yavapai County. Fire is inaccessible to engines and the rugged terrain is of concern by Fire Officials for their fire ground crews.

Aerial Photo of Happy Fire

Photo Credit: AZ State Forestry Division – State Office

Fire behavior is moderate with backing and has scorched 1,116 acres of brush and short grass. It is said to have a small amount of growth and no threats to any structures in the area.  There are no evacuations or road closures in effect.

There is a current 10% containment status and is being monitored by air.

There are 7 personnel with no additional resources.

CTD for fire suppression and containment status have reached $15,000.

WOODS FIRE

Flames engulfing Ponderosa pine in foreground, heavy smoke in background

Photo Credit: Apache-Sitgreaves NFs

The Woods Fire is burning on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest about 8 miles northeast of Kohl Ranch. The wildfire was discovered on May 12, 2018  (Friday) near Forest Road 195 just west/northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District.

The fire was said to have spread to the N-NE until reached the footprint of the 2017 Alder Prescribed Burn.  Air tanker and water drops were not available due to windy conditions.  Crews would instead focus on the east and west flanks of the fire tying all the lines together with the Alder RX .  It was completely lined on Friday.

There has been 103 acres burned.  This is now at a 100% containment status.  However, there are still 16 personnel assigned.  Crews will remain on the fire line to monitor and patrol the area.

The CTD is $225,000.

PINERY FIRE

The Pinery Fire is located in the Arizona Department of Forestry’s SE District,  6 miles southwest of Hilltop and 29 miles southeast of Willcox.  The fire started on private land that has moved to the north and east on to the Chiricahua National Monument and Coronado National Forest.

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Photo Credit: AZ Forestry Division – State Office

There has been 1,200 acres of timber and brush burned but crews have reached a 80% containment status.  The fire is said to be burning in the same footprint of the 2011 Horseshoe Fire in an area with heavy fire fuels, such as heavy grass, brush and dead/down vegetation.

Fire behavior is minimal with some smoldering.  No structures damaged or destroyed have reported, as well as human injuries.

The fire was caused by an unknown human-ignition that is under investigation.

There are 84 personnel with 4 crews, 3 chippers, 2 dump trucks, 1 backhoe and support personnel.

A total CTD of $750,000 has been reached.

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NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 11, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for Saturday, May 11, 2018.  This post includes the States of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

WASHINGTON

Moonshine Fire – Moonshine Rd / Klickitat County.  Dispatched at 1605 hours on May 11, 2018.   6 acres of slash.  Contained 5/12/2018 @ 0909 hours.  Controlled at 1835 hours PDT. (Central WA Interagency Communication Center)

Lambert Side Fire – Lambert Creek x Little Bear Road / Ferry County.  Dispatched at 1417 hours PDT.  0.01 acres of grass, brush and reprod. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)

 

OREGON

Balsam LIne Fire – T39S RSE Sec 4 NESW – Dispatched 0945 hours PDT.  1.5 acres. Limited info. (Oregon Dispatch Center)

IDAHO

Matheson Fire – 47 48.759 x 117 02.135 – Dispatched 1522 hours.  2 acres.  E4602 on-scene. Limited info. (CDA Interagency Dispatch Center)

 

(Source:  Wild CAD Web)

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* Out-of-Area * CA Wildfires | May 10, 2018

STATEWIDE, Calif – Information has been gleaned from multiple various sources to bring you one great single post.  This is for the day of Thursday, May 10, 2018.

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Shastina Fire – West of Rancho Hills, in the Community of Shastina (Skiskiyou County) is 127 acres and 40% contained. Fire originally reported by CAL FIRE on May 9, 2018 at 2115 hours PDT. Cause is said to be from lightning.  Updated by fire officials at 1804 hours PDT.

SMOKEY BEAR SAYS:  “Unfortunately, 2017 was a record wildfire year and 2018 looks to be particularly tough for the west. Please be extra vigilant when it comes to preventing wildfires, no matter where you live or roam.”

Spot Fires – In area of 3110 Skyway near Tucson Ridge Golf Course, below Paradise in Butte County.  Vegetation fire reported by CAL FIRE on May 10, 2018 at 1627 hours.  Reported by CAL FIRE as an estimation of 10 acres total.  Cause is unknown but Social Media is reporting that CAL FIRE is looking for a female suspected of being responsible for many of the spot fires.  She was seen driving a black Ford Explorer towing a trailer with mattresses and furniture in it.  If you have information, you are asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7321.

Tarzana Fire – 18800 block of Ringling Street, Los Angeles.  40 LAFD firefighters contained this wildfire to less than 1 acre, preventing the fire from spreading to nearby structure, exposures and to human lives.  The cause of the wildfire was unknown at the time.  No word on the fire suppression or containment costs-to-date.  Firefighters were being hailed as heroes for their quick containment.

Warming Fire – 37408 Williams Road.  Dispatched 0923 hours PDT.  0.1 acres. (Federal Interagency Communication Center)

SOCIAL MEDIA ABLAZE

From the Gen Pub to some Government Agencies recognize there is a need to do something about Climate Change and Global Warming.   Here are their pleas and what they are forecasting for our very near futures.

A lot of wildfires start via human divine intervention.  Here are a couple of really good examples on what causes them and how you can prevent them.  Remember the Campaign Slogan, “One Less Spark = One Less Wildfire”.  Simple as 1-2-3.  As Smokey Bear would say, “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.”

From record temperatures to intense wildfires and rising seas, climate change poses an immediate and escalating threat to California’s environment, public health, and economic survival.” #ClimateChange

Being “ready at a moment’s notice” gives you, your family, pets and/or livestock ahead start of the impending wildfires.  #PrepareNOW and learn how to do it through the OCFA easy-to-follow-steps.

Learn how to protect your home from heavy fire fuels such as brush, trees, grass, dried understory that can burn so quickly.  Remember the words, Defensible Space and what it means to build a “fire barrier” around your home.

“Wildfire season in California is now almost all year around. As summer approaches and our weather becomes hotter it’s critical to ensure your home and family are prepared. A fire hardened home with proper clearances can make the difference during a fire storm.” #FireSeason

“Big utility companies are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from the California wildfires that they caused.” #AddingSaltToTheWound

““Devastating forest fires are a profound challenge to California,” said Governor Brown. “I intend to mobilize the resources of the state to protect our forests and ensure they absorb carbon to the maximum degree.” – California Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.  #Proclamation

What all firefighters and Agencies hope their communities will do to protect themselves and to help them fight fire/contain the firestorms that often come.

Today, is a great time to start before you would be forced to evacuate.  Why not work together as a family unit and with your neighbors. #PrepareNOW

“As fire season approaches I am working closely with state and fed officials to make sure all resources are in place to protect our local communities. Joined Agriculture and Interior Secretaries and USDA Interim Chief of Forest Service today at Wildfire Outlook Briefing for 2018. ” – CA Representative Tom McClintock #Promises

In 2017 and years prior are some of the comments made by the Gen Pub and Government Agencies alike.  #BrokenRecord

“California is literally on fire.”  December 12, 2017.

“Jerry Brown using CA Wildfires to push Climate Change. California Gov. Jerry Brown warned the state faces a “new normal” of fire risk exacerbated by climate change.” December 12, 2017

“Boles Fire causing evacuations in Weed, Lake Shastina and Carrick.” September 15, 2014 (news media)

Public Service Announcements / Photo Images – Courtesy of OCFA, CA Rep Tom McClintock Office

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NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 10, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for the days of May 10, 2018.  This post also includes Oregon and Idaho.

WASHINGTON

 

Atwood Road Fire – Atwood Road / Klickitat County.  CRGNSA  and DNR on-scene. Dispatched 1517 hours PDT.  0.1 acres. (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Better Ridge Fire – Better Ridge / Stevens County.  Dispatched  0815 hours.  Brush, slash. IC at 1045 hours.  0.01 acres.  In patrol status. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Dougs Beach Fire – Doug Beach / Klickitat County.  Dispatched 1055 hours PDT.  2 acres.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Spillway Fire – Dispatched 1033 hours PDT.  0.1 acres.  Dispatched 1033 hours PDT.  Contained/Controlled/Out at 1447 hours PDT.  (Colville Agency MT Tolman Dispatch Center)

Summit Surprise Fire – Addy Gifford / Stevens County.  Dispatched 0814 hours PDT.  Unknown burned acreage.  Dispatched at 0814 hours PDT.  NC 347 at 1045 hours PDT.  In patrol status. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center)

Tyler Spot Fire – Hwy 904 / Spokane County.  Dispatched 1054 hours PDT.  0.01 acres.  Grass and brush fire fuels. Dispatched 0815 hours PDT.  Contained at 1230 hours.  Controlled at 1325 hours PDT.  (Northeast Interagency Communications Center)

OREGON

Haner Butte 0175 OD Fire – 1 mi east of Haner Butte.  Dispatched 1511 hours PDT.  1.46 acres.  (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center)

IDAHO

No wildfires have been reported.

(Source:  Wild CAD Web)

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 9, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for the days of May 9, 2018.  This post also includes Oregon and Idaho.

MAY 9, 2018

0171 RS Fire | Dispatched 1229 hours PDT.  Mcgrath and Powell Butte Hwy. 0.1 acres. (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatche Center – OR)

Cove Fire | Dispatched 1543 hours PDT.  Mile Post 303. (Olympic Region Dispatch – WA)

No Fires in the State of Idaho

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NW Wildfire CAD Activity | May 8, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. – We have gleaned information from the WildCAD and here is the activity for the days of May 6 – 8, 2018.  This post also includes Oregon and Idaho.

MAY 6, 2018

Swan Boundary Fire | Dispatched 0955 hours. Hwy 12 MM 87-88 x Swan Creek Rd. 0.5 acres. (Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center – ID)

8014 Fire | Dispatched at 1628 hours.  Unknown location.  0.5 acres.  Limited info.  (Burns Interagency Communications Center – OR)

Sutton Gulch Fire | Dispatched 0832 hours.  Carberry Creek.  0.1 acres.  (Rogue Valley Interagency Communication Center – OR)

Pondo Fire | Dispatched at 1208 hours.  South of Steve Peak.  0.1 acres. (Rogue Valley Interagency Communication Center – OR)

North Fork Texas Creek Fire | Dispatched at 1220 hours.  Texas Creek on the Okanogan  NF.  0.1 acres.  Light timber.  Contained at 1320 hours.  Controlled at 1430 hours.  In patrol status.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Klickitat Breaks Fire | Dispatched at 1557 hours.   Klickitat River in Klickitat County.  0.1 acres.  Grass, light timber.  Contained at 1730 hours.  Controlled at 1731 hours. in patrol status.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Finn Ridge Fire | Dispatched at 1754 hours.  Finn Ridge / Centerville in Klickitat County.  Sangs.  Contained at 2000 hours.  Controlled at 2001 hours.  In patrol status.  (Central Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Mason Road Fire | Dispatched at 1734 hours.  Mason Road in Spokane County.  0.41 acres.  Grass, brush, light timber fire fuels.  AR 444 IC at 1911 hours.  contained at 1815 hours.  Controlled at 1918 hours.  (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Marksman Fire | Dispatched at 0806 hours.  Olympia in Thurston County.  0.25 acres.  Brush as fire fuels.  Contained at 1930 hours.  Controlled at 2000 hours. (South Puget Sound Dispatch – WA)

MAY 7, 2018

CM 18 0161 OD Fire | Dispatched 1520 hours.  Cat Mountain.  .96 acres.  (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

Boxcar 0162 OD Fire | Dispatched at 1917 hours.  Boxcar Flats.  0.1 acres. Resources include:  9102, 9103, 9502, E9162.  (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

036 Hill Spring Fire | Dispatched at 1040  hours.  Hill Spring.  0.1 acre.  Contained at 1256 hours.  Controlled at 1334 hours.  Fire fuels included Timber.  (John Day Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

Berry Rock Fire | Dispatched 1500 hours.  Unknown location.  4 acres.  (Rogue Valley Interagency Dispatch Center – OR)

Granger Locke Fire | Dispatched at 0806 hours.  .25 mile up Locke Road.  0.1 acres.  Staffed at 1020 hours.  (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

Matsen Creek Fire | Dispatched at 0940 hours.  756 A Matsen Creek Road.  0.1 acres.  Resources on-scene at 1035 hours.  Contained at 1100 hours.  Controlled at 1200 hours. (Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center – WA)

MAY 8, 2018

Bluebird Fire | Dispatched @ 1414 hours.  Location – 48 5.3 x 116 50.4.  0.5 acres. Limited information. (Coeur d’Alene Interagency Dispatch Center – ID)

Bear Mountain Fire | Dispatched at 1409 hours.  Bear Mountain.  0.01 acres. (Rogue Valley Interagency Communication Center – OR)

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Arizona’s Wildfire: #RattlesnakeFire | 3

FIRE TIMELINE

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April 14, 2018

Active fire behavior with running.  1,760 acres.  0% contained. 199 personnel. 7 crews, 2 engines, 2 helos.  $800,000 CTD.

April 13, 2018

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – Fort Apache Agency unit. 24 miles SW of Alpine, Arizona. Timber.  Active fire behavior with running.  The fire is burning in the most southern end of the Alpine Ranger District, just north of the Bear Wallow Wilderness.

760 acres. 0% containment status.  600 acres have been destroyed on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation while 160 acres consumed on the Apache-Sitgreaves NF and San Carlos Indian Reservations. Unknown cause.

Strong winds hampered fire suppression efforts and making very slow progress. Control lines were completed in the SW section of the fire, securing it off of Rattlesnake Point. Aircraft was grounded due to high winds A spot fire was detected on San Carlos Agency side of the Black River in an isolated area.  Crews were scheduled to prepare control lines along the North flank of the fire, as well as with the construction of indirect lines on the western flank.

A RED FLAG WARNING was in effect from 1200 until 2100  hours.  Winds are being forecasted to shift coming from the north and northwest and pushing the fire along in a southern and southwesterly direction.

Resources included:  (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 as of 1715 hours.

Social Media reported:  The fire had moved on to the Fort Apache and San Carlos Indian Reservations and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) lands.

April 12, 2018

Fire resources are dispatched around 1609 PDT. Located 28 miles E/SE of Whiteriver, about 30 miles south and east of Alpine, Arizona.  Officials state a far distance from Show Low.

400+ acres with 386 acres burning on Fort Apache and 75 acres on ASNF.

IC Chris Johnson with the White Mountain Zone Type 3 IMT assumed Fire Command at 1800 hours MST.  Resources include:  4 Type 1 Hotshot Crews, Cibecue Fuels Crew, Fort Apache Fuels Crew, 3 Water Tenders, 1 dozer, 2 Type 6 Engines, 1 Type 3 Helicopter and misc. overhead.

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Fire fuels consist of Ponderosa pine and grass understory.

Social Media was reporting this was a human-caused fire but Officials are still conducting their investigation and are unable to release the ignition until it has been completed and closed.

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.  Fire suppression efforts were hampered by high winds.

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Incident Cooperators include:  Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Northeastern AZ Public Information System 311.

April 11, 2018

Fire started from an unknown ignition and was discovered around 1330 hours. Estimated at 165 acres.  Located about 20 miles SE of Whiteriver in a remote location east of Rattlesnake Point.  It is burning just south of a previous Prescribed (RX) burn area and moving towards the Apache Sitgreaves NF boundary.

 

Resources include:   2 Type 6 Engines, Air Attack, Fort Apache Hotshots, and Cibecue Fuels. A type 3 team is on order along with additional resources.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS 

#NoDronesInFireZones and this is why:

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Photo Credit | ANSFs

ARSON TIPS

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 4/14/2018 @ 1315 PDT/MST

Arizona’s Wildfire: #RattlesnakeFire Continues to Burn | 2

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.

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Photo Credit | Angel Ranger District

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS | #NoDronesInFireZones and this is why.

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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

Oklahoma’s #RheaFire Behavior Fierce | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire broke out on Thursday, April 12, 2018, around 1300 hours PDT about nine (9) miles southeast of Leedey (Dewey County) in Oklahoma.

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CURRENT FIRE STATUS | The fire behavior has exploded when it was reported at its start time around 1300 hours PDT and was about 500 acres but has now reached 19,000 acres.  (yes, we checked the number several times and also reached out to OFS for verification).

There is a 0% containment status.

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Photo Credit | OK Forestry Services

RESOURCES | 2 Wildland Task Forces plus 2 Type-1 helo and Air Attack have been deployed from Oklahoma Forest Services.

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THREATS | Several structures are currently under direct threat.

SOCIAL MEDIA | Social Media reports indicate the fire is heading north and has jumped the river (we are working to gather intel on which river this is).  Additional sources are showing that the fire is now spreading northwest to north as winds shifted to SSE with passage of dryline back to west.

Photo Credit | @stormchaserQ (Quincy Vagell) | Used with written Permission

FIRE WEATHER REPORTS | As of 1828 hours PDT, OK Weather reports indicate the fire seems to be heading towards Mutual.  Highway 60 is blocked east and west out of Cestos.  Seiling/Taloga should be alright.

FIRE HISTORY IN DEWEY COUNTY | According to Social Media, here is a brief post of a previous wildfire that was memorable in this area.

March 14, 2017 | Dewey Co Conservation District works as an Incident Cooperator by providing 8 bale hay trailer for locals to haul hay to fire victims.

Photo Credit | OK Conservation Commission

HASHTAGS | #RheaFire #OKwildfire2018

PHOTO IMAGES | Credit by Oklahoma Forestry Services

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#RattlesnakeFire Burning In Arizona | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire has prompted resources to be on order and dispatched around 1609 PDT is burning approximately 28 miles east to southeast of Whiteriver, Arizona, which started on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

COMMAND | Bureau of Indian Affairs, FTA – 138 unit.

Arizona’s Fire Preparation Level has been increased to a 2, while the National Level remains at a 1.

RESOURCES |  1 Type-1 hand crew from the SWCC area, 1 air tactical and 1 Type-3 helicopter responding from the local area (1609 hours PDT).  Additional resources were ordered  which included 1 air tanker, 1 fixed wing (ASM) from SWCC and 1 fixed wing (air tactical) from the  local area (1653 hours PDT).  More resources were added to the list of the IC’s needs which include 1 Type-3 IMT, 1 Type-1 Helicopter and 1 Type-2 Initial Attack.

SIZE UP | There is no known cause.  The fire has reached 165 acres burned.  There is a 0% containment status at this time and it is currently in full fire suppression mode.

SOCIAL MEDIA | We are reporting this wildfire as #RattlesnakeFire and #AZwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog