Coconino County

Smoke production from the Tinder Fire will increase 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. A change in wind direction today 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.

Road blocks will be removed from HWY 87 at 4 p.m., after a successful and incident free day of re-entry for Tinder Fire affected Blue Ridge-area residents.

Road blocks on the east side of HWY 87, where home loss was most prevalent, will remain in effect and patrolled by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. Access will be denied to everyone except residents of those neighborhoods.

Media are asked to respect the public’s privacy as people settle back into their homes and begin to rebuild. 

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.

Resources: 574 personnel including 12 crews, 6 helicopters, 36 engines, 6 dozers, 3 water tenders, and other support personnel

Recent snow and rain over the fire area 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.

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.

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.

Resources: 648 personnel including 14 crews, 7 helicopters, 43 engines, 7 dozers, 17 watertenders, and other support personnel.

Today’s rain and snow minimized fire activity.Crews took advantage of the weather to strengthen fire lines.

Tonight, engines and crews will continue to mop up and patrol.

The current weather system has passed by the fire area and warm weather will return in the coming days. By this weekend, fuels in the fire area will be available to burn. 

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