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communities in northeastern Arizona evacuated for 8,000-acre tin


The Coconino County Sheriff's Office has ordered the evacuation of some communities in northeast Arizona due to the Tinder Fire, which has now burned 8,000 acres (8,000 acres).

According to CCSO, evacuations were ordered for all Moqui Ranchettes, Starlight Pines, Clear Creek (except 1 and 2), all from Tamerron, Ponderosa Pines, Timber Ranch, Blue Ridge Estates, Mongolian Ranches and Pine Canyon] [READ MORE: ‘Tinder Fire’ burning northeast of Strawberry]

The Coconino County Board of Governors has also declared a state of emergency because the fire was near homes and buildings.

A shelter was built for people and small people Animals at Twin Arrows Casino and a large shelter were opened at the Holbrook Navajo County Fairgrounds.

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

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On Sunday morning there was zero percent containment.

Firefighters said structures have been lost but have no further details. The Coconino County will detect damage and provide updates.

There are about 500 firefighters working this fire including seven top crews.

Residents in the area can sign up for emergency reports from Coconino County to find out more about the fire.

State Route 87 is closed in both directions about 30 miles south of Winslow for a bushfire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. There is no estimated time to reopen the freeway near Clints Well between the 290 to 31

2 miles.

Strong winds are fanning the flames of the Tinder Fire and these winds are expected to continue until Tuesday, firefighters said.

Smoke from The fire is also near Winslow.

With firefighters battling the flames and trying to escape to safety, there is a temporary flight restriction for drones in the area. Firefighters said someone operated a drone north of the fire on Sunday morning. There was no serious impact on the firefighting efforts, but the crews want people to know that flying drones are illegal near forest fires.

Evacuees in need of evacuation information can call the County Call Center at 928-679-8393, working on details for a community meeting on the fire.

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