County Activates Emergency Operations Center in Support of Tinder Fire

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Residents of 10 small nearby communities in Arizona were ordered to evacuate late Sunday because the fire was edging close to homes and buildings.

As of Sunday morning, the fire is about 500 acres in size with zero percent containment. Updates were also available on the DOT website. Evacuees were sent to Twin Arrows Casino, and those with large animals were told to go to the Navajo County Fairground in Holbrook, the report added.

The fire started on Friday and is about 9 miles east of Clints Well near C.C. Cragin Reservoir on the Mogollon Rim. Arizona 87 in the area was closed, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

"High winds, dry fuel and topography are the biggest challenges for fire crews".

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State Route 87 is closed in both directions about 30 miles south of Winslow for a brush fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Scott says several structures have burned including homes, and crews are focused on protecting area communities.

Coconino National Forest officials say a top-tier fire management team assumed command Saturday night over the fire. "Hazy skies and areas of noticeable smoke are possible throughout the state, particularly in the southwestern and high elevation areas".

Although the exact cause of the fire is unknown, officials have declared they believe a human is responsible for its outbreak.

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