Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Precipitation Dampens Fire Activity
Tinder Fire – May 2, 2018 Evening Update
Acres: Estimated 12,286 acres Containment: 12%
Start Date: April 27, 2018 Cause: Abandoned Illegal Campfire
Origin Location: 1.5 mi NE of Blue Ridge Reservoir Jurisdiction: Coconino National Forest
Fuels: Timber (grass and understory)
Resources: 648 personnel including 14 crews, 7 helicopters, 43 engines, 7 dozers, 17 watertenders, and other support personnel.
Today’s rain and snow minimized fire activity. Crews took advantage of the weather to strengthen fire lines.
Tonight, engines and crews will continue to mop up and patrol.
The current weather system has passed by the fire area and warm weather will return in the coming days. By this weekend, fuels in the fire area will be available to burn.
Weather forecasts over the fire area call for clear skies in the morning with increasing clouds and a 30% probability of precipitation later in the day. Winds will be light and humidity levels will be in the 40 to 50% range. A high-pressure system will begin forming and will move into the area by Saturday or Sunday, increasing temperatures and reducing humidity levels back into the teens.
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office evacuation for all Blue Ridge Tinder Fire affected communities north, east and west of Hwy 87 remains in effect. The evacuation will remain in effect until firefighters are able to contain the west and north flanks of the fire and are confident there is no longer a threat to communities. Safety is our main priority.For evacuation, structure and re-entry information call the Coconino County Sheriff's Office at 928-213-2990 or 928-679-8393.
Highway 87 closures are in effect in the fire area. Visit https://twitter.com/ArizonaDOT or call 511 for current status.
Firefighters continue efforts to 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.
Smoke impacts in Winslow and Holbrook should be low tomorrow. Air quality updates will be posted to websites listed below.
Tinder Fire Information: (928) 792-1666 (public) (605) 351-7914 (media) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Coconino County Evacuation/Structure/Re-entry Info: (928) 213-2990 or (928)-679-8393
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5763/ (includes links to County Emergency Alert sign-up, etc.)