Kaitlyn Webb from the U.S. Forest Service explains how a prescribed burn is conducted and how it helps the forest.
Firefighters late Sunday had contained about 3 percent of the human-caused Rattlesnake Fire burning near the Arizona-New Mexico border.
About 200 firefighters were working to control the roughly 2,600-acre blaze, which broke out April 11 near Whiteriver. The fire was burning in portions of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, forcing several road closures.
Attacking the fire from above Saturday helped officials slow the fire’s growth, officials said. The fire had backed slowly down the Black River and Bear Wallow Creek and had not spread further on the Fort Apache Reservation as of Sunday afternoon.
Low humidity and high winds complicated firefighting efforts, however. Officials said additional resources would likely be needed over the next several days.
Parts of the Alpine Ranger District in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest remained closed Sunday night. The Y79 and 25F roads were also closed at the Y40 Junction on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
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