Tinder Fire State of Emergency Declared, 1000 Homes Evacuated

State Route 87 remains closed in both directions near the fire.

"We understand folks are anxious about their homes, but we're still in firefighting, engaged in these communities", fire operations manager Jeremy Human posted in a video online.

The cause of the Tinder Fire is under investigation. "But still as unsafe no matter", says Brian Scott with the Southwest Incident Management Team.

Officials with Coconino County say 510 resources, including firefighters, helicopters and engines, are being used to fight the wildfire.

Tinder Fire, April 29, 2018. Not quite to the Red Flag category because of the humidity. A map released Sunday morning showed that it had burned about 500 acres. It's expected to grow significantly, pushed by strong southwest winds to the northwest.

Map of the Tinder Fire showing the perimeter at 1 a.m. MST April 30, 2018.

By Monday morning, the so-called Tinder Fire had burned more than 13 square miles in Arizona's Coconino National Forest. The IMT reports that there is a potential for very active to extreme fire behavior with rapid rates of spread and moderate to long range spotting.

Residents of Mosqui Ranchettes, Starlight Pines, Clear Creek Pines, Tamerron Pines, Ponderosa Pine, Timber Ridge, Pine Canyon, Blue Ridge Estates, Ponderosa Pine and Mogollon Ranch were ordered to evacuate late Sunday. Visit https://www.facebook.com/CoconinoCounty for more details. Blue Ridge area residents can call the County's Call Center, 928-679-8393, with questions about evacuations and structures.

  • Rogelio Becker