Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Federal agency OKs funds for Arizona wildfire

Federal agency OKs funds for Arizona wildfire

As of 8 a.m. Monday, the Tinder Fire is only reported at 8,000 acres, but a very active fire spread on Sunday produced a large smoke plume that has spread into southern Colorado.

Residents of Mosqui Ranchettes, Starlight Pines, Clear Creek Pines, Tamerron Pines, Ponderosa Pine, Timber Ridge, Pine Canyon, Blue Ridge Estates, Ponderosa Pine and Mogollon Ranch were ordered to evacuate late Sunday.

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has declared a state of emergency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized funds to assist the state.

The cause of the Tinder Fire is under investigation.

"Public safety is a top priority", Ducey's statement said.

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More than 500 firefighters are battling the flames. "We will continue to coordinate with state and local emergency response officials", said Governor Ducey.

High fire danger continues for parts of the eastern plains and foothills along the front range with a Red Flag Warning is in effect until Monday evening.

The largest fire now burning is the Tinder Fire in Arizona, which has burned about 8,000 acres and prompted evacuations.

Strong wind gusts are expected to last through Tuesday.

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