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Eastern Arizona wildfire continues to grow, now burned 19,000-plus acres

(Photo: InciWeb)

PHOENIX — Firefighters continued to work Tuesday to contain a wildfire that had burned through more than 19,000 acres in eastern Arizona in two weeks.

The Rattlesnake Fire had grown to 19,409 acres and had spread to the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and San Carlos Apache Reservation.

It was about 25 percent contained.

There were also more than 540 firefighters on the ground.

The cause of the fire was believed to be human-caused and was under investigation.

According to InciWeb, firefighters were conducting burnout operations north of the fire, which broke out around 1:30 p.m. on April 11.

Air support was used to try and extinguish the flames.

Several roads around the area, including the Y79 road at the Y40 Junction and the 25F road at the Y40 junction, were closed due to the wildfire.

A portion of the Alpine Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests was also closed for public safety. The exact part can be found on this map.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area.

The wildfire was located about 25 miles southwest of Alpine, Arizona.

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