Management of the Tinder Fire will transition from the Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management Team #1, (Bea Day, Incident Commander), to a local Type 3 Incident Management Team (Jeff Thumb, Incident Commander) starting at 6:00 am tomorrow, May 7.
Smoke production from the Tinder Fire has increased with the hotter, drier air under the high pressure area building over the fire. The fire will continue to produce smoke as remaining pockets of unburned fuel and burning logs and stumps within the fire perimeter continue to burn out. Tomorrow’s wind direction will push smoke toward Winslow and the Hopi reservation. Smoke impacts in the Blue Ridge communities will be unhealthy for sensitive groups, and will be moderate for Winslow and the Hopi Reservation. Impacts will be worse overnight tonight and will improve during the daylight hours. Visit the InciWeb link below to find more information on air quality and smoke impacts.
Pockets of unburned fuel continued to burn out today within the fire perimeter, and heavy fuels like logs and stumps continue to hold heat and burn out. The fire continues to creep and smolder. The remaining hot spots still have the potential to spread within the fire’s perimeter as warmer and drier conditions continue over the next few days.
Firefighters continue patrol, mop-up, and suppression repair work around the full perimeter of the fire. The suppression repair work is done to help minimize fire suppression impacts on the landscape and to minimize the potential for soil erosion. This work will continue to improve and secure the fireline around the fire.
The Coconino National Forest area closure for the Tinder Fire remains in effect. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/coconino/home for more information regarding the forest area closure.
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 wildfire whether there is a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) in effect or not. It is always dangerous to fly over or near a wildfire. If you fly, someone could die! Visit https://www.nifc.gov/drones/ for more information on drones and wildfires.
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.
Acres: 16,309 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: 274 personnel including 3 crews, 4 helicopters, 11 engines, 5 dozers, 1 water tenders, and other support personnel
Tinder Fire Information: (928) 792-1666 or [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TinderFireInfo/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TinderFireInfo
Coconino County Recovery Info: (928) 213-2990 or (928)-679-8393, https:/www.coconino.az.gov/tinderfirerecovery