Communities in northeastern Arizona evacuated for Tinder Fire

The Tinder Fire burning in northeastern Arizona caused evacuations on Sunday

An Arizona public utility also announced Sunday that it would be de-energizing about 1,500 customers in the Blue Ridge community in response to the Tinder Fire outbreak.

Coconino National Forest officials say significant fire growth occurred Sunday and prompted evacuations as high winds drove the fire into communities to the north and east.

Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a state of the emergency as the battle against the Tinder fire continues. The cause of the fire was listed as "under investigation" and "human" on InciWeb.

The Coconino County sheriff ordered evacuations in all of the Blue Ridge Tinder Fire-affected communities north, east and west of Highway 87, stated a Facebook post on Sunday evening.

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

Ducey's declaration made additional state resources available to the county for response efforts. The fire is over 11-thousand 400-acres burned near the C.C. Cragin ReservioR.

By Monday morning, the so-called Tinder Fire had burned more than 13 square miles in Arizona's Coconino National Forest.

The Superstition Fire and Medical District also tweeted that it was sending a four-person crew to the fire for assistance.

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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.

"It's not safe to turn people back to their homes and have another red flag blow embers and start another fire burning toward their home and make them re-evacuate", Scott said.

Anyone with questions about the fire was encouraged to contact the county at 928-679-8393.

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