Northern Arizona Fire Burns Several Homes, Forces Many To Evacuate


USA forestry officials said the so-called "Tinder Fire" has scorched 13-and-a-half square miles and is zero percent contained on Monday.

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.

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

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, the AP also said. KNAU's Ryan Heinsius reports, fire officials say there isn't yet any containment of the blaze.

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More than 500 firefighters are battling the flames.

The Arizona Pubic Service, a state electric company, said via Twitter that it was "coordinating with emergency personnel" and was ready to de-energize lines if needed.

High winds in the area pushed the fire to the north and east on Sunday.

The largest fire now burning is the Tinder Fire in Arizona, which has burned about 8,000 acres and prompted evacuations. Significant fire growth is expected to continue due to strong southwest winds and red flag conditions. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour maximum are forecast tomorrow from Arizona through New Mexico toward West Texas.