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Rockhouse Fire

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

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Incident Contact

San Carlos Apache Forest Resources Program
Phone: 928-472-2326

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09/04/2020 FINAL Update for September 4, 2020
Alder and Rockhouse Fires – September 4, 2020 Final Update  Alder Fire: 633 acres       0% contained     Cause: Lightning      Vegetation: Grass and BrushStarted 8/27 ...
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Alder and Rockhouse Fires – September 4, 2020 Final Update 

Alder Fire: 633 acres       0% contained     Cause: Lightning      Vegetation: Grass and Brush
Started 8/27   Location: 16 miles north of San Carlos, AZ  

Rockhouse Fire: 19,506 acres    37% contained      
Cause: Lightning      Vegetation: Grass and Brush
Started 8/21   Location: 22 miles southeast of San Carlos, AZ 

Resources: 378 total including: 6 Crews; 14 Engines; 4 bulldozers; 5 water tenders; 3 helicopters; 9 Ambulances

Final Update; Firefighters Focus on Suppression Repair; Transition to Type 3 Organization on Saturday
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This is the final update for the Alder and Rockhouse Fires unless significant events occur. Beginning Saturday, August 5, visit the San Carlos Apache Forest Resources Program – Forestry Facebook page, or call 928.475.2326 for fire information. 

No smoke was observed during aerial surveys on the Alder Fire yesterday. Chipping will continue on the 1300 Road today.  

No fire activity was observed on the Rockhouse Fire yesterday afternoon. Crews will continue to monitor and patrol the fire perimeter.  

Excessive heat and drying is expected through the weekend.  

The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team #1 will transition command of the Rockhouse and Alder Fires to a Type 3 Incident Commander effective 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 4.  Firefighters will continue to focus on fire suppression repair.  

Some smoke may be visible from time to time within the perimeter of the fires until the area receives significant precipitation. Heavy fuels, like downed logs, can hold heat for a long time. Fire activity may occur within pockets of unburned vegetation within the fire’s perimeter, especially on hot, dry, windy days and in steep, rugged terrain. 

Firefighters will continue to protect values at risk as needed where they can do so safely and effectively. Challenges include extreme temperatures and steep and remote terrain. Firefighter and public safety are the highest priority. Firefighters are working to protect local communities; power lines; mines; range improvements; historical, cultural, and ceremonial sites; and natural resources.  

Highway 60 is open. There is a reduced speed limit of 55 mph along Highway 60 due to firefighters working in the area. Please use caution when travelling, observe posted speed limits, and drive with lights on for safety. For current road status call 511, visit, or follow  

Road 1300 near Highway Tanks, SC Route 6, and Road 900 remain closed on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.  

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t! Every time a drone is spotted near a fire, all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. 

This region is experiencing an active fire season and all residents should consider themselves in “READY” status, be aware of hazards, and keep up to date on changing conditions. For current emergency management information, visit Gila County Emergency Management at or San Carlos Apache Tribe Emergency Response Commission Learn more about Ready (Prepare Now) – Set (Be Alert) – Go (Evacuate) at

Fire Information Through Friday, September 4 
Fire Information: 928-421-4539 through 9/4; 928-475-2326 beginning 9/5 
Alder Fire: 
Rockhouse Fire: 

Fire Information Beginning Saturday, September 5
Fire Information: 928-475-2326 
Alder Fire: 
Rockhouse Fire: 

Regional Fire Information
Interactive Fire Map: 
Arizona Fire Information: and  
Gila County Emergency Management:  
San Carlos Apache Tribe Emergency Response Commission (TERC):  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 21st, 2020 approx. 02:00 PM
Location22 miles SE of San Carlos
Coordinates33.093 latitude, -110.575 longitude

Current Situation

Size19,506 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained37%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grass and brush

Significant Events




Planned Actions

Resources will patrol and monitor fire perimeter.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal isolated smoldering, no perimeter growth.