Coconino National Forest will temporarily close six large areas to public access beginning Wednesday (May 23) at 8 a.m. due to fire danger and for public safety.
The Rattlesnake Fire is located approximately 43 miles southeast of Whiteriver, 20 miles southwest of Alpine, and more than 50 miles northwest of San Carlos, burning on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, San Carlos Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (map of the fire).
The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for Thursday, April 19 for the all of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and most of the state of Arizona due to strong winds and low relative humidity.
Only the National Weather Service can issue a Red Flag Warning. The term Red Flag Warning is used by fire weather forecasters to alert fire personnel and the public of potential extreme and critical fire weather due to high winds and low relative humidity. Red Flag Warnings are issued when the ALL of the following criteria are met:
Heavy wooded areas ignited by the Gate 13 Fire this week are still burning today at Camp Navajo.
Rain and snow has reduced some burning timber to smolders; however, the moisture and cold temperatures have created mud and ice on the roads.
Camp Navajo Fire Department is reporting no issues at this point and will continue to monitor the fire until it is 100 percent extinguished.
Incident command for the Gate 13 Fire is scheduled to downsize from an integrated team of Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs personnel to Camp Navajo Fire Department tomorrow morning.
This decision comes with reports of 75 percent containment of the fire and a weather forecast favorable to fire suppression for the rest of the week.
Incident: Burro Fire Wildfire
Released: 1:17 hrs. ago
The Burro fire is burning in tall grass and brush in the foothills of Redington Pass near Burrro Tank. Fire activity is increasing today, as southwest winds push the fire east. Suppression resources have been working to keep the fire from progressing to the west. Heavy aviation support has been used today including a Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) and 3 helicopters. Fire managers are actively working to find ways to safely utilize the crews assigned in the steep rugged terrain.