Arizona governor declares state of emergency in response to Tinder Fire

Arizona governor declares state of emergency in response to Tinder Fire

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.

The Tinder Fire was discovered Friday morning and is burning northeast of Strawberry, about nine miles east of Clint's Well.

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 County Board of Supervisors also declared a state of emergency Sunday since the fire was edging close to homes and buildings.

No information was available from Coconino County on damage to structures Sunday, with updates expected Monday. Smoke from the fire is expected to continue to affect the Holbrook and Winslow areas today. High School for evacuated residents to gather. SR 87 southbound is blocked in Winslow.

Coconino County authorities said an estimated 600 people were evacuated from about 1,000 homes in the area by Sunday night.

The fire is under investigation but believed to be caused by a human.

The Rattlesnake fire is 63-percent contained and the Indian Meadow is mostly contained.

According to CCSO, evacuations have been ordered for all Mosqui Ranchettes, Starlight Pines, Clear Creek Pines, Tamerron Pines, Ponderosa Pine, Timber Ridge and Pine Canyon. State Route 87 remains closed in both directions near the fire.

"The closure stretches from milepost 290 at Clints Well to milepost 312, two miles north of the Elks Picnic Grounds", read the site Monday morning.

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