The Rodeo-Chediski fire began as two separate fires. Rodeo forest fire was started June 18, 2002 on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Two days later, the Chediski fire was started by a lost hiker on Chediski Peak. The two fires quickly grew and combined, and were not controlled until July 7, 2002. By that time, 469,000 acres of forest and 426 structures had been burned. (Report of the Governor's Forest Health Oversight Council 2004)
Read About It
- Chediski-Rodeo [sic] Fire Map, June 29, 2002
- Proclamation of State of Emergency by Governor Hull, June 19, 2002
- Map of Rodeo-Chediski Fire and Percent Containment, June 26, 2002
- Map of Rodeo-Chediski Fire and Percent Containment, June 28, 2002
- Report of the Governor's Forest Health Oversight Council, May 22, 2003
- How did the Rodeo and Chediski fires begin? How large of an area did they burn?
- Who created the documents linked below, and why? What other documents might have been created at the time of the fire?
- How did forest management in Arizona change as a result of the Rodeo-Chediski fire? Are all forest fires bad? Why or why not?
Visit the websites below to learn more. Based on this new information, have your answers to the questions above changed?