Estimated 600 people evacuated by Arizona fire

Joanna Estrada
Мая 3, 2018

The Tinder Fire is now over 11,400 acres with zero percent containment and more than 550 personnel working to control and extinguish the wildfire.

Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency Monday in Coconino County in response to the Tinder Fire.

Cool and wet weather conditions Wednesday are helping firefighters battling the Tinder Fire.

A total of 1,000 structures are threatened by the Tinder Fire, KNXV-TV reports, and about 559 personnel, including 15 hotshot crews, are fighting the blaze.

They say 20 people have refused to leave their homes and only seven people had checked into an evacuation center as of Sunday night. The fire was zero percent contained as of Tuesday evening.

But officials assured that "zero percent containment does not equal zero percent progress".

Forecasters say the Southwestern U.S. faces significant wildfire danger this summer because of drought and thick stands of grass left over from a year ago.

Communities north, east and west of Highway 87 have been evacuated and heavy smoke impacts are reported in Winslow and Holbrook.

The fire also caused an extended closure of State Route 87, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

The U.S. Forest Service says the wildfire has consumed 13.5 square miles (34.9 square kilometers) in a remote area about an hour southwest of Winslow.

A wildfire burning in north-central Arizona was sparked by an abandoned campfire in an area where burning was banned because of the risky fire conditions, officials said. The evacuation will remain in effect until firefighters are able to contain the west and north flanks of the fire and are confident there is no longer a threat to communities.

The wildfire started late last week, spotted from a watchtower overlooking the Coconino National Forest.

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