Rodeo-Chediski Fire

Rodeo-Chediski Fire

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

Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents. 

Understand It

  1. How did the Rodeo and Chediski fires begin? How large of an area did they burn?
  2. Who created the documents linked below, and why? What other documents might have been created at the time of the fire?
  3. How did forest management in Arizona change as a result of the Rodeo-Chediski fire? Are all forest fires bad? Why or why not?

Explore More

Visit the websites below to learn more. Based on this new information, have your answers to the questions above changed?

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Topic

Environment

Decade

2000s