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Hilltop Fire

Unit Information

San Carlos Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P. O. Box 209 San Carlos Arizona 85550
San Carlos , AZ 85550

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Hilltop Fire Information
Phone: 928-358-5757
Hours: M-S, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Brett Hildebrand, with Arroyo Grande Hotshots, walks the fireline. Photo by Mike McMillan.Image options: [ Full Size ]

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The Hilltop Fire, located 30 miles northwest of San Carlos and 15 miles southwest of Canyon Day, is currently burning on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. The fire is threatening commercial ponderosa pine, cultural and natural resources, recreation areas, watershed and wildlife habitat, and the communities of Cedar Creek and Canyon Day. The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 assumed command of the fire on July 3, 2017, at 8:00p.m. The Incident Management Team is managing the fire with federal and tribal resources.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday June 25th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationNW of San Carlos near Hilltop Lookout
Incident CommanderDave Bales, SWAIMT4
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates33.634 latitude, -110.375 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel120
Size33,826 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday July 25th, 2017 approx. 10:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) Short Grass (1 foot)

Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Heavy rain impacted the fire area overnight. Fire activity is expected to be minimal.


Planned Actions

Today, remaining resources assigned to the fire will continue to demobilize and be reassigned to other incidents or released to their home units. Remaining personnel will focus on finishing fire line rehabilitation if weather permits.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire is not anticipated to grow due to heavy rain in the area last night and forecast for the next few days.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Monsoonal moisture is anticipated to continue in the area bringing the possibility of wetting rains and thunderstorms.