***Red Flag Warning In Effect***

4/19/19 8:00 –  The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of Northern Arizona today. The Red Flag Warning is in effect 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 pm this evening. Southwest winds will be 30 to 40 MPH, with gust ranging from 55 to 65 MPH.

*** Absolutely NO BURNING or open flames are allowed! *** 

All burn permit activities are suspended during Red Flag Warnings!

In addition a Dust Storm warning has been issued for areas of Coconino, Navajo and Apache Counties. Visibility could be reduced in certain areas to less than 1/4 of a mile due to blowing dust. Travel could become extremely dangerous. Please use extreme caution when driving.

Persons with respiratory problems should make preparations to stay indoors until the storm passes.

 

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Rattlesnake Fire Update – Wednesday 4/18/18

Rattlesnake Fire Update, Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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Crews make progress despite winds!

Location: Southeast of Whiteriver, AZ
Cause: Human Caused-under investigation
Percent containment: 5%
Start date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Size: 11,339 acres
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass understory
Resources: Approximately 276 personnel
Public Meeting: There will be a community meeting in Alpine on Thursday night, April 19, 2018, at 6:00 pm, which be held at the Alpine Community Center, located at 12 County Road 2061, Alpine, AZ 85920.
Location: The Rattlesnake Fire is located approximately 43 miles southeast of Whiteriver, 20 miles southwest of Alpine, and over 50 miles northwest of San Carlos, burning on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, San Carlos Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

The Rattlesnake Fire was mapped from the air for the first time Tuesday night, which provided a more accurate determination of the fire size. This mapping shows an increase of over 4,500 acres, not all of which occurred on Tuesday. There are areas inside the fire that have not burned. The fire grew on the south and southwest, on the San Carlos Indian Reservation and the Bear Wallow Wilderness on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The fire is approximately one mile northwest of Arkie Canyon on the San Carlos Indian Reservation and two miles north of Helen Canyon in the Bear Wallow Wilderness. The northern edge of the fire remains south of Forest Road 25, burning within the old Wallow Fire scar. Fire crews are improving Forest Road 25 along the northeast side of the fire and are improving line on Forest Road 8341 to Gobble Point. They will continue working south on Forest Road 8154 to Reno Lookout, and are also scouting potential fire line on the southeast and southwest sides of the Rattlesnake Fire to keep the fire within the area previously burned by the Wallow Fire. The fire is burning in the canyons souths of Forest Road 25, and prevailing winds are pushing smoke toward Alpine and surrounding communities northeast of the fire.

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

Restrictions: San Carlos Indian Reservation implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on April 17, 2018. Modified Stage 2 Fire Restrictions continue on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Campfires will NOT be allowed during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and debris burning is prohibited until further notice.

InciWeb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5740)
BIA Fort Apache Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMgt/)
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs)
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Twitter page (https://twitter.com/A_SNFs)
Northeastern Arizona Public Information System (www.311info.net)

Nowhi ni’ nłt’eego anłsih – Take care of our land

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Rattlesnake Fire Update – Tuesday 4/17/18

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

Rattlesnake Fire Update
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Windy Weather will continue Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Location: Southeast of Whiteriver, AZ
Cause: Human Caused-under investigation
Percent containment: 5%
Start date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Size: 6,271 acres
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass understory
Resources: Approximately 276 personnel
Location: The Rattlesnake Fire continues to burn southeast of Whiteriver, Arizona, on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, San Carlos Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

**Note: A new map should be available before the end of the day.

Winds were not as strong as was originally forecasted on Monday, allowing crews to keep fire spread to a minimum. Dead logs left on the ground after the Wallow Fire are producing heavy smoke as the fire cleans up the forest floor. The fire continues to move south on the San Carlos Indian Reservation and southeast into the Bear Wallow Wilderness. There was also fire movement toward the northeast, staying south of Forest Road 25 on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Smoke from the Rattlesnake Fire impacted Alpine and surrounding communities, and may continue to impact these areas due to forecasted winds. Fire crews continue to reinforce and strengthen the containment line along Forest Road 25 on the north and east side of the fire. The fire has not moved into areas on the west side where prescribed fire treatments were conducted by the BIA Fort Apache Agency. Fresh firefighting crews are being sent south of the fire to improve and prepare control lines to prevent additional fire spread onto the San Carlos Indian Reservation.

Closures: The expanded closure order on the Alpine Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests can be viewed on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests webpage at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd576734.pdf The Y79 road at the Y40 Junction and the 25F road at the Y40 junction, on the White Mountain Apache Reservation within the boundary of the Rattlesnake Fire are closed. Please drive carefully and turn on headlights if traveling on the Y40 road.
Restrictions: Modified Stage 2 Fire Restrictions continue on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Campfires will NOT be allowed during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and debris burning is prohibited until further notice.

Anyone having information regarding how the Rattlesnake Fire started is asked to contact WE-TIP at 1-800-47ARSON (1- 800-472-7766).

InciWeb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5740)
BIA Fort Apache Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMgt/)
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs)
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Twitter page (https://twitter.com/A_SNFs)
Northeastern Arizona Public Information System (www.311info.net)

Nowhi ni’ nłt’eego anłsih – Take care of our land

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