Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Tinder Fire – April 29, 2018 Morning Update
Acres: ~500 acres (based on infrared flight)
Start Date: April 27, 2018
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Origin Location: 1.5 mi NE of Blue Ridge Reservoir
Jurisdiction: Coconino National Forest
Fuels: Timber (grass and understory)
Resources: ~500 personnel including 7 hotshot crews, 3 initial attack crews, engines, dozers, helicopters, and overhead
Yesterday firefighters on the ground held the north end of the fire, with assistance from aerial resources. Firefighters also successfully held the fire on the west side, along the 95 Road.
Today is expected to be an active fire day. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11am – 7pm today. The major concern is the potential for winds from the southwest to line up with the Clear Creek drainage on the east side of the fire, which will likely in fire growth to the northeast, towards local communities. Increased smoke is expected as well. Aerial resources have been grounded for the day due to high winds.
All residents in the area should be residents should be prepared as conditions can change rapidly. Sign Up for Coconino County’s Emergency Alerts at http://www.coconino.az.gov/207/Emergency-Management. This is the best way for the county to reach you with updates.
Hotshot crews will focusing on the Clear Creek drainage on the east side of the fire, where they will try to secure three spot fires that have become established on the east side of the creek. They will also be constructing indirect line. Engines will be assessing structural protection needs in local communities north and east of the fire. Night shift operations will continue. Firefighters are also prepared for initial attack if new fires start in the area.
On the west side of the fire, engines will continue holding the fire to help prevent the fire from impacting the Moqui Lookout and Moqui Ranch. South of the fire, firefighters will begin prepping the Forest Service 96 Road to use as a holding feature.
The Incident Management Team is working on arrangements for the next community meeting. Details on the time and location will be announced as soon as they are available. American Sign Language (ASL) and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services will be provided.We plan to livestream it if possible on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TinderFireInfo/ and the recording will be posted after the meeting is over. No account is required to view the video. Check https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5763/ for updates.
Highway 87 is open at this time. For current road information, call 511 or visit https://twitter.com/ArizonaDOT.
Firefighters are working fully suppress the fire where they can do so safely and effectively. Objectives include ensuring emergency responder and public safety, protecting structures, facilities and infrastructure in local communities including Starlight Pines 1 & 2, Tamarron Pines Phase 1-5, Blue Ridge Estates Units 1 & 2, Mogollon Range Unit 1 & 2, Clear Creek Pines 8 & 9, Moqui Ranchettes and Ponderosa Pines, and Camp Colley, protecting sensitive natural and cultural resources, and minimizing prolonged smoke impacts.
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Fire Information: (928) 792-1666
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5763/ (includes links to County Emergency Alert sign-up, etc.)