Rattlesnake Fire burning near Bumble Bee at 3,200 acres
PRESCOTT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
Lightning sparked a wildfire that is burning approximately 5 miles west of Bumble Bee in the Castle Creek Wilderness.
The Rattlesnake Fire was reported by Mount Union Lookout on Sunday and had burned 3,200 acres as of early Tuesday afternoon.
Area closures are expected to be implemented on both Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands by Wednesday afternoon for the protection of the public and the firefighters on the ground.
The fire is burning in grass and brush in steep, inaccessible terrain. The area also was burned by the 2006 Tiger Fire.
No structures are at risk at this time.
Firefighters from the Prescott National Forest are monitoring the fire and are letting it burn due to the rough terrain.
"With the safety for firefighters and public being our first priority, fire management will identify and determine appropriate strategies, tactics and mitigations to enhance resource objectives and improve the health of fire-dependent vegetation," U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Debbie Maneely said.
The fire and smoke will be visible to the west of Sunset Point on Interstate 17 for days to come. Motorists will also see the fire from Highway 69 from Mayer to Cordes Junction and along I-17 from Cordes Junction to Black Canyon City.
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