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Firefighters fighting in northern Arizona around a wildfire Monday hampered by strong winds and dry conditions, as residents of surrounding communities had to leave their homes for another day.
The authorities said some homes were lost as the wildfire devoured 34.5 square kilometers in northern Arizona. about an hour southwest of Winslow. The workforce on Monday assessed exactly how many structures had burned down, but estimated it at about 30.
"We understand that people are worried about their homes, but we're still fighting fires, committed in these communities." said fire chief Jeremy Human a video online. "And this is our main task … to protect existing structures and do everything in our power to prevent the spread of fire in these areas."
The conflagration started late last week should increase significantly southwest winds through Ponderosa pines in the northwest. The fire behavior should slow down as soon as it encounters pinon and juniper trees that do not last as long, said Fire Information Officer Brian Scott.
The officials are not sure when the residents are allowed to return home.
It is not safe to bring people back to their homes, detonate another red flag, and light another fire in their house and have them evacuated again, "Scott said," you'll be careful before they let them in again. "
The winds were a bit quieter on Monday than on the weekend, but the firefighters will not get much relief until a storm takes off on Tuesday and until Wednesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Steffen said
With this system coming and lots of moist air, that should help in the next few days, "he said," but after this storm we will dry out again, but with less wind. "
Residents of nearly a dozen small communities were instructed Several people stayed overnight in an American Red Cross shelter set up at the Navajo Nation Casino, east of Flagstaff, said one night n speaker. A shelter was set up at the Navajo County Fairground in Holbrook
A community meeting was scheduled in Winslow on Monday night
Threats against churches, homes, businesses, and communications towers prompted the Board of Supervisors of Coconino County to make a declaration of late-Sunday disability , Scott said that about 1
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday that it has agreed to the state's request to cover up to 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs. The state wrote to FEMA, saying that at least 1,000 people were under forced evictions and 2,000 under voluntary evacuation.
More than 500 firefighters and a handful of helicopters were working to control the fire.
Firefighters say it's human. Investigators are working to find out exactly what triggered them.