UPDATE 2 — Published April 21, 2022, Thursday
A wildfire incident named the TUNNEL FIRE was sparked on Easter Sunday, April 17th around 1622 hours burning along US Highway 89, about 14 miles northeast of Flagstaff. It is burning in the Coconino National Forest in Arizona.
Evacuation Info Line –> https://www.coconino.az.gov/2894/Tunnel-Fire
Fire Call Center –> 928-679-8525
County Emergency Fire Alerts –> https://www.coconino.az.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2672
Declaration of Emergency Issued by the Governor’s Office –> https://www.coconino.az.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2670
The fire has destroyed 20,198 acres of dry grass, brush, and scattered pine since it was sparked last weekend. Fire behavior is currently very active and with wind-driven runs.
There is about 371 total personnel assigned to this incident along with copters, hand crews, and an unknown number of fire assets.
A Type 1 IMT has arrived and has begun to provide current fire suppression efforts.
The cause of this fire is unknown and under investigation.
Incident Cooperators include those from the AZ DOF, Coconino County, CCEM, CCSO, Flagstaff FD, Highlands FD, and Summit FD; Inciweb.
Preliminary damage assessments are being provided daily. As of today’s date, there have been 109 properties impacted by fire, including 30 homes burned and 24 with outbuildings being considered as lost.
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