Fire crews in place for the windy days

Release Date: May 10, 2018  

Contact(s): Coconino National Forest, 928.527.3600


HAPPY JACK, Ariz., May 10, 2018, For Immediate Release – 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.

Southwest winds are predicted to move smoke to the northeast toward Winslow and will impact Blue Ridge Communities during evening hours. The strong afternoon winds may increase fire activity and thicken the smoke.

The public will likely see residual smoke from this fire for several weeks, as tree stumps and other forest fuels continue to smolder until a significant amount of rainfall extinguishes them completely.

Coconino County has issued a “Set” stage for the southeastern-most division of Mogollon Ranch, and local residents are reminded to remain prepared for any “Ready, Set & Go” event which could be implemented by Coconino County in the case of an emergency evacuation.

Tinder Fire Summary.

Date/Time Reported: April 27, 2018 at 11:43 a.m. by Moqui Tower lookout.

Origin Location: Origin and Cause Investigators determined that the fire originated in the East Clear Creek drainage approximately 1 mile downstream from Forest Road 95. Forest Road 95 runs north-south and is located approximately 1.5 miles east of C.C. Cragin Reservoir: 34°33'26.8"N 111°09'41.4"W

Current Size: 16,309 acres.

Topography & Fuels: Steep rocky canyons and cliffs, burning in grass and understory.

Cause: Abandoned Illegal Campfire.

Containment: 79%.

Current Resources: 100 personnel including two crews, three helicopters, six engines, two dozers and other support personnel.

Resources En Route: None; Additional resources will be ordered if necessary.

Structures Lost: 33 primary residences, 54 minor structures.

Structures Threatened: None.

Evacuations: None.

Injuries: None.                         

Closures & Restrictions:

  • A large area around the wildfire is currently under a Closure Order, which prohibits anyone from entering the area other than authorized personnel such as first responders and firefighting personnel. For details regarding this Closure Order, please see for the Coconino National Forest Orders website at https://bit.ly/2KKx380.
  • A Federal Aviation Administration temporary flight restriction remains in place over the area which prohibits Drones and unmanned aircraft systems from entering the area.
  • Additionally, Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect across the entire Coconino National Forest, which prohibit a list of activities. Details of these prohibitions can be found online at https://bit.ly/2rqSQJF.

Smoke Impacts: Internal smoldering will continue to produce residual smoke. South/southwest winds will produce smoke impacts to Winslow and Blue Ridge communities during the day. In the evening hours smoke will likely impact Blue Ridge communities, drain into canyon areas, possibly impacting areas such as Strawberry, Payson and the Verde Valley.

Investigation Contacts: If anyone was in the area of Forest Road 95 or East Clear Creek near the origin of the Tinder Fire on April 26 or 27 and has information that could help this investigation, please contact Coconino National Forest Law Enforcement at (928) 527-3511.

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