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McDonald Tank 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 McDonald Tank fire is burning south of Tonto Lake near the Black River on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The fire's location is in steep and rugged terrain which presents operational challenges to firefighting efforts. On June 1, 2021 the fire transitioned to a Type 4 fire organization led by Incident Commander Carlton Guseyen. This is the final update from the White Mountain Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team unless conditions worsen, or factors determine otherwise.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday May 23rd, 2021 approx. 01:50 PM
Location25 Miles SE of Whiteriver AZ
Coordinates33.623 latitude, -109.571 longitude

Current Situation

Size3,550 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory), Brush (2 feet), Tall Grass (2.5 feet) Fuels are dry across all types and classes. Live fuel moistures are at critical levels and provide no suppressing effect on fire behavior.

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering, creeping. Fire will continue to consume pockets of fuel as it moves around within control lines. Expect fire to continue to move around until ground fuel is consumed or the humidity recovers enough to take light fuels out of play for 4 to 5 hours.


Planned Actions

Monitor status