Coconino National Forest firefighters plan to conduct prescribed burns next week in several areas that have been previously postponed due to earlier conditions that would have heavily impacted communities with smoke.
A final decision increasing prescribed fire and thinning in the Blue Ridge area was signed July 27 adding protection to the watersheds feeding C.C. Cragin Reservoir which are engulfed by overgrown forest.
Coconino National Forest and Arizona State Forestry personnel are holding the northeast section of the Tinder Fire as the winds arrive today and continue into the weekend.
Helicopter efforts from yesterday appear to be suppressing any spread in the northeast section of the fire. Ground crews are in place to extinguish any fire which may try to jump the current fire lines or create a spot fire outside of them.
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.
Coconino County, in coordination with the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Command Team and the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office will host a community meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 3 at the Winslow High School, 600 E. Cherry Ave., Winslow, Ariz. This meeting will provide re-entry information to residents displaced by the fire.
Coconino County Emergency Management (CCEM) has activated an Emergency Operations Center in support of the Tinder Fire. The center opened at 8 a.m., April 28 and personnel are preparing and coordinating services in the event the fire spreads.
The Tinder Fire started at 11 a.m. on April 27 in East Clear Creek of the Blue Ridge area, southwest of Arizona State Highway 87. The U.S. National Weather Service expects winds from the southwest to increase to 30 mph throughout the day increasing fire danger.
With snow passing through the Coconino National Forest last week fire managers have burned slash piles today on the Flagstaff Hotshot Ranch near Snowbowl ski area and later in the week southwest of Stoneman Lake and northeast of the Blue Ridge Community.
Three small piles built by hand were burned today near Snowbowl road south of Flagstaff. Smoke from the pile burn is expected to be insignificant and unnoticed except by people in the immediate area.