A Closure Order is now in effect for the area of the Tinder Fire located just east of C.C. Cragin (aka Blue Ridge) Reservoir to protect public safety and allow for safe and efficient firefighting operations.
The Tinder Fire, located approximately 9 miles directly east of Clints Well, has grown to about 500 acres in and around East Clear Creek just east of C.C. Cragin Reservoir atop the Mogollon Rim.
A Type I Incident Management Team has been ordered and is expected to arrive this afternoon for in-briefing. The exact date and time the team will assume command of Tinder Fire management and operations will be determined then.
Motorists in the area along state Route 87 should be cautious and aware of smoke impacts, as well as first responders and firefighter traffic.
Coconino National Forest firefighters are responding to a wildfire, the Tinder Fire, in East Clear Creek was spotted today at approximately 11:45 a.m.
Firefighters from the Mogollon Rim Ranger District began fighting a wildfire near Forest Road 95, approximately 1.5 miles east of C.C. Cragin Reservoir, which was burning in approximately 50 acres of standing pine and mixed conifer forest going to the bottom of East Clear Creek.
Coconino National Forest firefighters are responding to a wildfire, Tinder Fire, east of C.C. Cragin Reservoir in East Clear Creek today.
The Tinder Fire started at about 11:45 a.m. has reached approximately 50 acres in size.
Several firefighter crews, the Payson Task Force, an air tanker, an air lead and a Type I helicopter have responded to a more than 50-acre fire on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District, 2 miles east of C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir burning on forest land.
Fire managers are planning several prescribed burn projects next week, likely starting Tuesday (Oct. 11), to reintroduce fire into the Ponderosa pine ecosystem and reduce forest fuel accumulation in strategic areas around northern Arizona communities.
Two of the projects—Eastside and Griffith Springs—will be close to Flagstaff and produce smoke plumes that will be very noticeable to those in and around Flagstaff. However, the smoke should rise and move toward the northeast, dissipating by the end of the day. Ignitions usually begin about 9 a.m.