Fort Apache Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P. O. Box 560 Whiteriver Arizona 85941
Whiteriver, AZ 85941
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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday May 23rd, 2021 approx. 01:50 PM|
|Location||25 Miles SE of Whiteriver AZ|
|Coordinates||33.623 latitude, -109.571 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||95%|
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.
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.