Arizona towns ordered to evacuate as wildfire grows

Arizona towns ordered to evacuate as wildfire grows

Arizona towns ordered to evacuate as wildfire grows

As of Saturday morning, the fire was at 500 acres in size with 200 firefighters battling the blaze. It has burned 13.5 square miles and authorities were working to evacuate residents and protect homes near the small community of Clints Well.

According to fire officials, approximately 500 personnel including 7 hotshot crews are fighting the blaze.

CBS affiliate KPHO-TV reports that strong winds have been fanning the so-called Tinder Fire.

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.

- Coconino County is ordering evacuations for communities near the Tinder Fire, impacting hundreds of people.

A large animal shelter has been opened at Holbrook Navajo County Fairgrounds. "Coconino County will be assessing damages and providing updates as soon as they're able to do so".

Blue Ridge Area Residents are encouraged to call the County's Call Center, 928-679-8393 with evacuation questions.

Smoke from the fire may increase as winds pick up.

The fire has burned an estimated 8,000 acres and is burning 1.5 miles northeast of Blue Ridge Reservoir.

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say the fire was human caused and is under investigation. There is no estimated time to reopen the highway near Clints Well between mileposts 290 to 312.

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