Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Re-entry into evacuated areas starts today. Expect to see increased smoke from burnout operations.
Tinder Fire – May 4, 2018 Morning Update
Acres: 12,628 acres (by infrared mapping)
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: 33 primary residences, 54 minor structures
Resources: 574 personnel including 12 crews, 6 helicopters, 36 engines, 6 dozers, 3 water tenders, and other support personnel
Coconino County will lift the evacuation order for the Blue Ridge communities at 8:00 am today. Displaced residents will be allowed into the communities in a staged re-entry process. Visit coconino.az.gov/tinderfirerecovery to view the re-entry plan. For additional 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 until the planned reopening of the highway at 7:00 pm today. 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!
There will be smoldering and creeping fire activity today. 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 the northeast corner of the fire. A burnout operation is planned to strengthen the handline constructed yesterday in the Clear Creek drainage. Additional burnout operations will be conducted on the east side of the fire today as conditions allow to further secure unburned interior islands within the fire perimeter.
Firefighters continue 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 also continue to patrol, mop-up, and do suppression repair in the area of the fire affected Blue Ridge communities. Demobilization of resources continues today as the incident continues to right-size for the control and suppression repair work remaining to be accomplished.
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.
Some increased smoke from burnout operations today is expected. Smoke may linger on the ground in the morning due to inversion conditions under a high pressure area. Northeast winds today will carry the smoke toward the southwest. Air quality updates will be posted to websites below.
Tinder Fire Information: (928) 792-1666 (public) (605) 351-7914 (media) or email@example.com
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.)