Tinder Fire State of Emergency Declared, 1000 Homes Evacuated

The inferno remains 0 percent contained, and rapid growth near residential areas forced officials to evacuate homes in several Coconino County neighborhoods, and a state of emergency was declared, according to the Associated Press.

Residents of ten small nearby communities were ordered to evacuate late Sunday. The wildfire in Arizona is one of the most active in the country, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

"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.

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.

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.

It burned about 9 miles east of Clints Well and near C.C. Cragin Reservoir on the Mogollon Rim.

The Superstition Fire and Medical District also tweeted that it was sending a four-person crew to the fire for assistance.

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"Structures were lost", fire officials told the Arizona Republic Monday morning.

There also was a reception area at the Winslow Jr.

A large animal shelter has been opened on Holbrook Navajo County Fairgrounds.

A wildfire in forest in north-central Arizona has grown to 17.8 square miles (46 square kilometers) but improved weather conditions could help firefighters.

The sheriff's office warned residents that smoke from the fire could increase as winds picked up.

Anyone with questions about the fire was encouraged to contact the county at 928-679-8393.

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