Arizona's Tinder Fire Burns Structures, Forces Evacuations

May 01, 2018, 08:37
Arizona's Tinder Fire Burns Structures, Forces Evacuations

All communities north, east and west of Highway 87 were ordered to evacuate, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

By Monday morning, the so-called Tinder Fire had burned more than 13 square miles in Arizona's Coconino National Forest. Those communities include: Moqui Ranchettes, Starlight Pines Ranchettes Unit 1 and 2 and Clear Creek Pines Unit 8 and 9. If an evacuation occurs, CCEM has coordinated with the American Red Cross and set-up a shelter at the Winslow Junior High School, 1100 N. Colorado Ave. Bulldozers, engines, and helicopters are being utilized by personnel to control the fire. An area of low pressure developing over Arizona will continue to blow airborne particulates, including smoke from the Tinder Fire, off to the northeast.

There are about 500 firefighters working this fire including seven hotshot crews.

The cause of the wildfire is unknown. The fire itself has been described to look like it was "fueled by gasoline", when in fact it is being fed by dry brush, grass, and timber.

The weather pattern will continue to blow smoke from the Tinder Fire into southern Colorado through the day Monday and likely into Wednesday. Several forest roadways have been closed, and drivers are being advised to avoid the area as the flames burn on.

No injuries have been reported, but dozens of structures have been destroyed.

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