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Rattlesnake Fire

Unit Information

Fort Apache Agency
P. O. Box 560 Whiteriver Arizona 85941
Whiteriver, AZ 85941

Incident Contact

Rattlesnake Fire Information
Phone: 928 699-4497
Hours: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

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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.

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday April 11th, 2018 approx. 01:30 PM
Location25 miles SW of Alpine AZ
Incident CommanderJeff Andrews Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5.
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates33.656 latitude, -109.506 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel276
Size11,339 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained5%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Moderate, creeping, backing.


Planned Actions

Firefighters will continue prepping containment lines and conduct burning operations. Spike camps are being established in Bee Flats and Pair O' Dice to support future operations.

Projected Incident Activity

Continue to spread to the east and northeast on Fort Apache Reservation & Apache - Sitgreaves National Forest, Alpine RD. The fire is now in the Bear Wallow Wilderness and backing south on the San Carlos Apache Reservation on Bear Wallow.


Fire growth was limited to 420 acres today. The majority of the growth was to the south in Bear Wallow and to the north of Gobbler Point and Reno Lookout. No fire growth occurred north or east of the 25 Road control line.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Sustained winds of 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph were experienced today, Tuesday. Winds will temporarily decrease tomorrow, but are expected to return on Thursday.