Federal agency OKs funds for Arizona wildfire

Federal agency OKs funds for Arizona wildfire

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.

US forestry officials said the so-called "Tinder Fire" has scorched 13-and-a-half square miles and is zero percent contained on Monday.

"I'm issuing today's declaration to ensure that they have the necessary resources to protect the lives, pets and property of Arizonans", Ducey said in a statement.

Coconino County is evacuating the communities of Moqui Rachettes, Starlight Pines Rachettes, Clear Creek Pines, Tamerron Pines, Ponderosa Pine, Timber Ridge, and Pine Canyon.

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

More than 500 firefighters, including thirteen hotshot crews and air support are trying to contain the blaze that's burning on the Coconino National Forest near the Blue Ridge community. KNAU's Ryan Heinsius reports, fire officials say there isn't yet any containment of the blaze.

The Coconino National Forest tweeted that winds were blowing very hard east-southeast with gusts up to 30 miles per hour.

High winds in the area pushed the fire to the north and east on Sunday.

Strong wind gusts are expected to last through Tuesday. Extremely low relative humidity will also continue through the day tomorrow as well.

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