Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Limited Fire Activity Today Gives Firefighters a Chance to Help Secure Critical Areas
Tinder Fire – May 3, 2018 Evening Update
Acres: Estimated 12,567 acres
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)
Structures Lost: 30 primary residences, 17 minor structures
Resources: 574 personnel including 12 crews, 6 helicopters, 36 engines, 6 dozers, 3 water tenders, and other support personnel
Recent snow and rain over the fire area significantly helped limit fire activity. Heavy fuels, like logs, continue to smolder and hold heat. As warmer, drier conditions return over the next few days, remaining heat within the fire’s perimeter still has the potential to spread.
Firefighters are focusing on securing critical areas of the fire. Efforts were made today to secure the northeast corner of the fire. Crews constructed a hand line and a hose lay on the south side of Clear Creek, and crews “cold trailed” the fire’s edge on the north side of the creek. As conditions allow tomorrow, firing operations will strengthen the new hand line. Additional firing operations may be conducted to further secure unburned interior islands within the fire perimeter. Some increased smoke from firing operations is expected. Firefighters continued to secure fire line and do suppression repair on other areas of the fire to help minimize impacts on the landscape and minimize the potential for soil erosion. Firefighters continued to patrol, mop-up, and suppression repair in the area of the fire affected Blue Ridge communities. This work will continue tomorrow. Demobilization of some resources began today as the incident begins to right-size for the control and suppression repair work remaining to be accomplished. Resource demobilization will continue tomorrow.
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 until the planned staged re-entry for residents only starting at 8:00 am tomorrow, May 4. For evacuation, structure and re-entry information call the Coconino County Sheriff's Office at 928-213-2990 or 928-679-8393. APS has restored power to all customers affected by the fire in Blue Ridge area.
Highway 87 closures are in effect in the fire area until the planned reopening of the highway at 7:00 pm tomorrow, May 4. Visit https://twitter.com/ArizonaDOT or call 511 for current status.
Unauthorized use of unmanned aircraft (also known as “drones”) in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters. Never fly unmanned aircraft over or near a fire. If you fly, someone could die!
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 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.)