Sunday, 20 May, 2018

WILDFIRE: Ariz. 'Tinder Fire' Zero Percent Contained, Evacuations Underway

The Tinder Fire burning in northeastern Arizona caused evacuations on Sunday The Tinder Fire burning in northeastern Arizona caused evacuations on Sunday
Judith Alexander | 01 May, 2018, 09:30

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors also declared a state of emergency Sunday since the fire was edging close to homes and buildings. I'm issuing today's declaration to ensure that they have the necessary resources to protect the lives, pets and property of Arizonans impacted by this fire.

"Public safety is a top priority and we're grateful for the first responders who continue to battle the Tinder Fire". KNAU's Ryan Heinsius reports, fire officials say there isn't yet any containment of the blaze.

The Tinder Fire was 8,632 acres in size and 0 percent contained as of Monday morning. Firefighters also successfully held the fire on the west side, along the 95 road.

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High fire danger continues for parts of the eastern plains and foothills along the front range with a Red Flag Warning is in effect until Monday evening.

A wildfire burning in north-central Arizona continued its rapid growth on Monday as dry conditions and strong winds fueled the blaze. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour maximum are forecast tomorrow from Arizona through New Mexico toward West Texas.

Guy said conditions are not expected to improve significantly until late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

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