The Tinder Fire Continues To Burn In The Clear Creek Area

Evacuations ordered, SR-87 closed as Tinder Fire grows in Happy Jack area

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

Coconino National Forest officials say a top-tier fire management team assumed command Saturday night over the fire.

Governor Doug Ducey declared a State of Emergency in response to the Tinder Fire in Coconino County.

The fire was believed to be human-caused and was under investigation.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials on Sunday ordered the immediate evacuation of Moquis Ranchettes, Starlight Pines, Clear Creek, Timber Ranch, Tamarron, Pine Canyon, Blue Ridge Estates, Ponderossa Pines and Mogollon Ranches.

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

"I'm issuing today's declaration to ensure that they have the necessary resources to protect the lives, pets and property of Arizonans", Ducey said in a statement.

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

More than 500 firefighters were working with other emergency personnel and five helicopters to contain the fire.

The Superstition Fire and Medical District also tweeted that it was sending a four-person crew to the fire for assistance. High School for evacuated residents to gather. Highway 87 remains closed Monday.

A wildfire in forest in north-central Arizona has grown to 17.8 square miles (46 square kilometers) but improved weather conditions could help firefighters. An animal shelter was set up at the Navajo County Fairgrounds in Holbrook, about 90 minutes east of Flagstaff.

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