Arizona wildfire evacuation orders lifted for 100s of homes

- Evacuation orders have been lifted for hundreds of homes in north-central Arizona that were threatened by a wildfire that destroyed about 35 residences.

According to the Incident Information System's website, the staged re-entry is as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m. to noon - Residents who lost their homes.
  • Noon to 2:00 p.m. - Residents east of State Road 87
  • 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Residents west of State Road 87
  • Sunset - All roadblocks lifted

According to the website, returning residents will need to show identification to law enforcement, before they are allowed beyond the staffed checkpoints north and south of Blue Ridge. Residents will also be limited to two cars per person.

The evacuation order will only be lifted, once it is deemed safe by the Sheriff's Office and the Fire Incident Management Team.

The Tinder Fire has burned 12,567 acres and is now 48 percent contained, and firefighters have containment lines around about half of the fire, which is near areas with vacation cabins and other residences.

Thirty-seven structures have been lost in the wildfire and over 600 personnel, including crews, helicopters, engines, and water tenders, continue to fight the fire.

The Tinder Fire was caused by an abandoned illegal campfire.

You can find out more evacuation information by contacting the Coconino County Sheriff's Office at 928-213-2990.

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