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Eastern Arizona wildfire balloons to more than 11,000 acres in size

(Photo: InciWeb)

PHOENIX — Firefighters were still working Wednesday to contain a wildfire that has burned through more than 11,000 acres in eastern Arizona.

The Rattlesnake Fire had grown to 11,339 acres and had spread to the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, Apache-Sitreaves National Forest and San Carlos Apache Reservation.

It was about 5 percent contained.

There were also more than 270 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 Saturday for the first time 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.

The Alpine Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests was also closed for public safety.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area.

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

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