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Rattlesnake Fire

Unit Information

Fort Apache Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P. O. Box 560 Whiteriver Arizona 85941
Whiteriver, AZ 85941

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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. Firefighters are making excellent progress improving the containment of the Rattlesnake Fire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday April 11th, 2018 approx. 01:30 PM
Location25 miles SW of Alpine AZ
Incident CommanderASNFs Matt Bustamante
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates33.656 latitude, -109.506 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel42
Size26,072 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Fuels Involved

Fuels consist of timber litter and heavy dead and down trees. All fuel types are available and receptive to burning, including dead and down fuels in previous high severity wildfire footprints.

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity was observed today along all containment lines.


Planned Actions

Monitoring the fire will be the primary operational objective and continue suppression repair efforts.

Projected Incident Activity

Little to no growth is expected


The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests went into Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on Friday, 5/4. See this website for information:

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Temperature is increasing and humidity is decreasing