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Rattlesnake Fire - August 24, 2015 Update

Rattlesnake Fire - August 24, 2015 Update

Prescott, AZ (August 24, 2015) – The area of the Rattlesnake Fire received approximately 1.5 inches of rain yesterday which significantly cooled the active portions of the fire. Crews will continue to monitor the area for any remaining fire activity over the next couple of days. Fire managers have estimated containment at 75% and the size at 4,910 acres. The fire and smoke may still be visible to the west of Sunset Point on I-17 for days to come.  Please be cautious while driving the highways in the area.

The area closure that was in effect has been lifted and management of the fire has transitioned back to the Prescott National Forest. Residents and visitors can resume traveling in the area.  There remain no immediate structures, private property or critical infrastructure threatened by the fire.

Lightning-caused fires, such as the Rattlesnake Fire, play a natural role in the ecosystem by enhancing wildlife habitat, improving forest health, and reducing the potential for future high-intensity wildfires.

Fire Information: The public can obtain fire information via the following:

  • Prescott National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 928-777-5799
  • Prescott National Forest Web Site: fs.fed.us/r3/prescott
  • Fire Information:  928-925-1111

Unauthorized unmanned aircraft system flights threaten firefighter safety and wildland fire suppression efforts. http://www.fs.fed.us/science-technology/fire/unmanned-aircraft-systems

Rattlesnake Fire - August 21, 2015 Update

Rattlesnake Fire - August 21, 2015 Update

Prescott, AZ (August 21, 2015) – Due to increased humidity there has been very little growth on the lightning-caused Rattlesnake Fire burning approximately 5 miles west of Bumble Bee in the Castle Creek Wilderness (T10N, R1E, S24) on the Prescott National Forest. Increasing to 4820 acres, the Rattlesnake Fire is showing slow activity on the south end with little smoke. SunsetPoint-AM (2)

Update on Today’s Activities: Firefighters continue to prepare for possible burn-out operations on the rim above the fire to protect Horsethief Basin and along County Road 59 should the fire grow and threaten these areas.
Rattlesnake Fire – Update 8-20-2015

Rattlesnake Fire – Update 8-20-2015

There was some growth on the lightning-caused Rattlesnake Fire burning approximately 5 miles west of Bumble Bee in the Castle Creek Wilderness (T10N, R1E, S24) on the Prescott National Forest.  The 4500 acre Rattlesnake Fire is slowing growing within predefined boundaries established for it allowing natural fire to play its role in the ecosystem, enhancing wildlife habitat, improving forest health, and reducing the potential for future high-intensity wildfires. Aerial Photo of Rattlesnake Fire
Update on Today’s Activities:  The fire is burning at a low-to-moderate level of intensity and slowly moving to south and east.  Firefighters continue preparing for possible burn-out operations on the rim above the fire to protect the Horsethief Basin should the fire establish and threaten that area.  Firefighters are also assessing the east side of the fire along County Road 59 for burn-out and holding needs.  The fire’s growth continues in inaccessible and very rugged terrain.  Firefighter safety and success remain the priority in the decisions of where, when, and how to fight this fire. 

Closures: An area closure went into effect Wednesday, August 19 at 12:00 am (midnight) and includes Castle Creek Wilderness and Horsethief Basin Recreation Area including all recreation sites and summer homes.  The follow area closure is established within the specific areas of the Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District on all Forest Service lands as described below:

  • Castle Creek Wilderness in its entirety; including all Forest Service Trails within the wilderness boundary.
  • All areas east and south of County Road 59 from the intersection with Forest Road 52 (approximately 1.5 miles south Crown King, AZ; TlON, R lW, Sec 23) to the forest boundary at Turkey Creek bridge (Tl1N, RlE, Sec 25).
  • All areas west of the Forest boundary from its intersection with County Road 59 at Turkey Creek Bridge (TllN, RlE, Sec 25) to the southeast boundary corner of the Forest (approximately 6 miles southwest of Bumble Bee, AZ; T9N, RlE, Sec 12).
  • All areas north of the Forest boundary from the southeast corner (approximately 6 miles southwest of Bumble Bee, AZ; T9N, RlE, Sec 12) to its intersection with Forest Trail 233 (Lane Mountain Trail) in Copper Basin (T9N. RIW, Sec 10).
  • All areas south and east of Forest Trail 233 (Lane Mountain Trail) from its intersection with the southern Forest boundary (T9N, R1W, Sec 10) to its intersection with Forest Road 100 (TlON, R lW, Sec 36).
  • All areas east of Forest Road 100 from its intersection with Forest Trail 233 (TlON, RlW, Sec 36) to its intersection with Forest 52 (TlON, RlW, Sec 36) and all areas east of Forest Road 52 to its intersection with County Road 59 (TlON,  lW, Sec 23).
  • The Horsethief Basin/Recreational Area, including:
    • Forest Road 52 (Senator Highway) is closed east of the Forest Road 100 intersection (TlON, RlW, Sec 36).
  • Forest Roads: 52F, 696, 696D, 697, 9632B
    • Forest Trails:  234, 203, 217
The closure order and accompanying map are available on the Prescott National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/prescott.    Community Concerns:  The fire and smoke will be visible to the west of Sunset Point on I-17 for days to come.  Please be cautious while driving the highways in the area.  The fire will be visible from Highway 69 from Mayer to Cordes Junction and along I-17 from Cordes Junction to Black Canyon City.  Drivers are encouraged to keep their curiosity at bay and eyes forward on the road. There are no immediate structures, private property or critical infrastructure threatened by the Rattlesnake Fire. Weather:  The area forecast indicates several days of warm temperatures and no precipitation with light winds.  There are indications of a return to more normal monsoon weather by Monday of next week. Fire Information: The public can obtain fire information via the following:
  • Prescott National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 928-777-5799
  • Prescott National Forest Web Site: fs.fed.us/r3/prescott
  • Fire Information:  928-925-1111


Rattlesnake Fire Reported in Castle Creek Wilderness

Rattlesnake Fire Reported in Castle Creek Wilderness

Prescott, AZ (August 16, 2015) – A wildfire was detected approximately 5 miles west of Bumble Bee burning in the Castle Creek Wilderness (T10N, R1E, S24). The lightning-caused Rattlesnake Fire was reported by Mt. Union Lookout and is estimated at 75 acres burning in grass and brush.  Due to safety concerns with steep inaccessible terrain and no values at risk, firefighters from the Prescott NF will monitor the fire tonight and wait for day-light to access the fire. Voice: 928-443-8000 Web: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott
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