Resources: 625 personnel including 14 crews, 7 helicopters, 44 engines, 7 dozers, 13 water tenders, and other support personnel
Snow and rain over the fire area yesterday 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. Construction of both hand line and dozer line is planned today in the northeast corner of the fire across the Clear Creek drainage. Firing operations to further secure unburned interior islands within the fire perimeter is being planned as conditions allow in the next few days. Firefighters also continue to secure 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. Demobilization of some resources will begin today as the incident begins to right-size for the control and suppression repair work remaining to be accomplished.
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 all fire related hazards have been mitigated. Safety is our main priority. Coconino County is planning for re-entry of evacuated residents. 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. 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.
Firefighters have begun suppression repair in the area of the fire affected Blue Ridge communities to facilitate Coconino County’s re-entry plan for those communities.
Smoke impacts in Winslow and Holbrook should be low today. Air quality updates will be posted to websites below.
Tinder Fire Information: (928) 792-1666 (public) (605) 351-7914 (media) or [email protected]
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.)
Estimated 12,286 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