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

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

About 500 personnel, including seven hotshot crews, three initial attack crews, engines, bulldozers, helicopters and overhead support, were treating the fire on Sunday.

The Tinder Fire, near Happy Jack, Ariz. has grown to 8,623 acres and is zero percent contained.

Significant fire growth is expected to continue due to strong southwest winds and red flag conditions.

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors also declared a state of emergency Sunday since the fire was edging close to homes and buildings. Coconino County will be assessing damages and providing updates as they are able. High School for evacuated residents to gather.

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A large animal shelter has been opened on Holbrook Navajo County Fairgrounds. Residents are advised to evacuate north on State Hwy 87 as southbound roads are now closed.

"There is a potential for very active to extreme fire behavior with rapid rates of spread and moderate to long range spotting through the day, " the Incident Information System for the Coconino National Forest in Arizona reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but authorities say it's believed to be human-caused and started on Friday about 1 ½ miles northeast of the reservoir.

State Route 87 is closed in both directions about 30 miles south of Winslow for a brush fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Over 500 firefighters and air crews are working on the blaze and there's no word on how it started. There is no estimated time to reopen the highway near Clints Well between mileposts 290 to 312.


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