White Mountain Apache, San Carlos Apache, Hualapai, and Pasqua Yaqui Prepare for Disaster Risks

FORT MCDOWELL, AZ – On June 18, 2002, the Rodeo Fire was ignited on the lands of the White Mountain Apache near Cibecue, Arizona. On June 20th, the Chediski Fire started on the Chediski Ridge also on the White Mountain Apache Reservation. By June 22nd, the two fires merged into the Rodeo-Chediski Fire consuming over 460,000 acres and becoming the largest fire in Arizona history.

During the Rodeo-Chediski fire, while Arizona and national media focused their attention on the towns of Pinetop and Showlow, the White Mountain Apache radio