Eastern Arizona wildfire continues to grow, now burned 21,000-plus acres
PHOENIX — Firefighters continued to work Wednesday to contain a wildfire that had burned through more than 21,000 acres in eastern Arizona in two weeks.
The Rattlesnake Fire had grown to 21,513 acres and had spread to the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, San Carlos Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
It was about 32 percent contained.
There were also nearly 600 firefighters on the ground.
The cause of the fire was unknown. It was once believed to be human-caused and was under investigation, but it was unclear whether the investigation was continuing.
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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