The Tinder Fire Continues To Burn In The Clear Creek Area

Communities in northeastern Arizona evacuated for Tinder Fire

- Coconino County is ordering evacuations for communities near the Tinder Fire, impacting hundreds of people.

A fire that began Friday has burned an estimated 8,623 acres and destroyed structures in northern Arizona, fire officials say.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but authorities say it's believed to be human-caused.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials on Sunday ordered the immediate evacuation of Moquis Ranchettes, Starlight Pines, Clear Creek, Timber Ranch, Tamarron, Pine Canyon, Blue Ridge Estates, Ponderossa Pines and Mogollon Ranches. The evacuations will be in effect until further notice, KNXV-TV reports.

An animal shelter (for large and small animals) is available at Holbrook Navajo County Fairgrounds.

"Public safety is a top priority", Ducey's statement said.




The fire is being fought by a Type I Incident Management Team and includes more than 500 personnel, seven hotshot crews, three initial attack crews, engines, dozers and helicopters.

On Monday the fire is just outside a Red Flag Warning area, but strong southwest winds will continue to be a challenge for firefighters through Tuesday.

The Coconino National Forest tweeted that winds were blowing very hard east-southeast with gusts up to 30 miles per hour.

The fire is located about 1.5 miles from Blue Ridge Reservoir.

The forecast says most of the rest of the country will face normal or below-normal risk of major fires this summer, including the Southern Plains, where drought and fires hit farmers and ranchers in April. Extremely low relative humidity will also continue through the day tomorrow as well.

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