Arizona wildfire forces evacuations of several small communities

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Image Credit BC Wildfire Service

11:46am Image Credit BC Wildfire Service

The initial evacuation shelter at Winslow Junior High School was changed to Twin Arrows Casino because of smoky conditions in Winslow.

Strong southwest winds pushed smoke from the fires into Colorado on Monday.

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

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.

Evacuees needing evacuation information can call the County Call Center at 928-679-8393. Visit https://www.facebook.com/CoconinoCounty for more details.

County officials say large animals are being accepted at the Holbrook Navajo County Fairgrounds.

Smoke from the fire is also impacting nearby Winslow. The Coconino County will assess damages and provide updates.

Since firefighters are battling the flames and trying to gain containment, there is a temporary flight restriction on drones in the area. Fire crews worked overnight to suppress the fire where they could.

The fire started on Friday and is about 9 miles east of Clints Well near C.C. Cragin Reservoir on the Mogollon Rim.

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say the fire was human caused and is under investigation.

The 500 firefighters and other personnel assigned to the fire include seven hotshot crews plus engines, bulldozers and helicopters.

A tinder fire in Arizona is growing.

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