Arizona wildfire grows, 10 communities told to evacuate


People from CAL FIRE, Butte County Sheriff's Office and the North Valley Animal Disaster Group were at the drill to answer community members' questions.

The Tinder Fire near Flagstaff, Arizona has burned more than 8,000 acres and is expected to continue growing Monday with strong winds in the forecast.

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. As of Monday afternoon, the fire was at 0% containment and threatening 1,000 homes in the area. Several roads have already been closed and drivers have been advised to look for alternative routes towards their destinations.

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say the fire was human caused and is under investigation. Bulldozers, engines, and helicopters are being utilized by personnel to control the fire.

The weather pattern will continue to blow smoke from the Tinder Fire into southern Colorado through the day Monday and likely into Wednesday.

There are about 500 firefighters working this fire including seven hotshot crews.

No injuries were reported as of 5 a.m. local time, but some structures have been lost, according to InciWeb.

As wind conditions increase, smoke from the fire may impact the communities.