evacuation

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is expected to allow residents evacuated by the Tinder Fire to return to their properties in a scheduled, staged re-entry on Friday, May 4.

The evacuation order will only be lifted once it is deemed safe by the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Incident Management Team. Hazards still exist in the area so the re-entry date and times may change without warning. 

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.

Evacuations and road closures in the Tinder Fire area remain in effect. As this is still a very dynamic situation, there is no estimated timeline for when closures will be lifted.  

Residents of the evacuated areas should call the County Call Center at 928-679-8393 for recovery and evacuation information. 

Evacuation notices went out via the Coconino County Emergency Notification System, door-to-door contacts and vehicle loud speaker notification through Sunday, April 29. It’s estimated that 600 people evacuated from the estimated 1,000 homes in the area.

Governor Doug Ducey today declared a State of Emergency in response to the Tinder Fire in Coconino County. This declaration makes available additional state resources for response efforts.

On April 27, the Tinder Fire began burning approximately 1.5 miles northeast of the Blue Ridge Reservoir in Coconino County. The fire has burned an estimated 8,000 acres. Significant fire growth is expected to continue due to strong southwest winds and red flag conditions.

The Northern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross has closed and relocated the shelter at Winslow Jr. High School in Winslow and has opened the shelter now at Twin Arrows Casino, 22181 Resort Blvd., Flagstaff, AZ 86004, Exit 219, I-40 east of Flagstaff. The shelter was relocated due to poor air quality at the former location in Winslow. The shelter will be open for persons needing assistance, sheltering, food and information.  

 

 

Coconino County is launching a proactive and collaborative fire preparedness program between local, state and federal governmental agencies focusing on the importance of wildland fire danger. The unusually dry winter and warm temperatures could bring an early start to Arizona’s wildfire season increasing the threat to the safety of residents, visitors and property.

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