A wildfire broke out on Thursday, April 11, 2018, about 25 miles SE of Whiteriver from an unknown human caused ignition. Authorities are still investigating and will release the cause after their case has been closed.
There are currently 230 personnel assigned to this incident along with 8 crews, 4 engines and 3 helicopters. The current IC is Jeff Andrews, whom him and his Type 2 IMT assumed command at 1800 hours on Sunday evening.
There has been 2,644 acres ponderosa pine and grass understory consumed but fire crews have successfully reached a 3% containment status.
Fire behavior has been reduced to Moderate with backing and creeping.
In the last 24 hours, the fire had backed down slowly towards Black River and Bear Willow Creek. It was said to be burning in 3 jurisdictions on the Fort Apache and San Carlos Indian Reservations and in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
There have been no reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters, nor damage or losses to structures. However, there has been $900,000 total in fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.
We are using the following additional hashtags of #AZwildfire2018 #RattlesnakeFire
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