Weather helps prevent Tinder Fire from spreading

Marco Green
May 5, 2018

So far, authorities said 30 structures were burned by the blaze, but they didn't say where those buildings were, or if they were homes.

The 13.5 square-mile wildfire started late last week in a remote area southwest of Winslow.

The fire was zero percent contained on Tuesday.

About 600 people are still evacuated.

Fire officials said the blaze had "major growth" on Sunday, CNN affiliate KOLD-TV reports.

A state of emergency was approved Monday by Gov. Doug Ducey.

The emergency declared Monday in Coconino County frees up $200,000 in state funding.

"Public safety is a top priority", Ducey's statement said. "But we want to give them some time", he said.

Forecasters say the Southwestern U.S. faces significant wildfire danger this summer because of drought and thick stands of grass left over from past year. Officials say the fire originated in the East Clear Creek drainage approximately 1 mile downstream from Forest Road 95. Evacuations have been ordered for residents in small communities.

The National Interagency Fire Center said Tuesday the danger of significant fires will be above normal in Southern California through the end of August. An evacuation site was set up at a Navajo casino resort, after being moved from a junior high school because of smoke.

Wind conditions will improve for a short period overnight, he said, but it will still continue to be extremely dry.

The Coconino National Forest tweeted that winds were blowing very hard east-southeast with gusts up to 30 miles per hour.

The Tinder fire is the first large-scale wildfire of the year in the West and has been burning in the Coconino National Forest since April 27th.

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

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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