April 30 (UPI) — The Tinder Fire in Arizona grew to more than 8,600 acres Monday, up from 500 acres the day before, causing structural damage and prompting evacuations, emergency officials said.
Crews faced windy and dry conditions that could lead to continued rapid growth of the fire in northern Arizona, AZCentral.com reported.
“There is a potential for very active to extreme fire behavior with rapid rates of spread and moderate to long range spotting through the day,” the Incident Information System for the Coconino National Forest in Arizona reported.
The fire, sparked Friday near Clint’s Well, forced the evacuation of several small communities, but it’s unknown how many residents were in town at that time, AZCentral.com reported.
More than 500 firefighters were working with other emergency personnel and five helicopters to contain the fire.