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Sun May 6, 2018, 04:03 PM

Tinder Fire in Arizona has destroyed 33 homes and is still burning

Source: CNN




By Eric Levenson and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 10:56 AM ET, Sun May 6, 2018

(CNN)The sprawling Tinder Fire in Arizona has destroyed 33 primary homes and 54 minor structures since it was sparked by an abandoned illegal campfire two weeks ago, officials said.

Fueled by grass and understory, the wildfire in Coconino National Forest stretches over an estimated 15,841 acres. With the efforts of about 400 personnel with equipment -- including 8 crews, 4 helicopters, 20 engines, 5 dozers, 1 water tender and other support staff -- the blaze is 79 percent contained, officials said.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office had ordered evacuations last week for communities north, east and west of Highway 87. The evacuation order for communities in Blue Ridge were lifted on Friday, and residents began returning to their homes.

"We did have a house burn down in 1980 and it brings back memories, and it's very sad for the people that lost everything," Sharon Bourne told CNN affiliate KNXV.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/06/us/tinder-fire-wxc/index.html

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Reply Tinder Fire in Arizona has destroyed 33 homes and is still burning (Original post)
DonViejo May 2018 OP
Make7 May 2018 #1
petronius May 2018 #4
Decoy of Fenris May 2018 #11
briv1016 May 2018 #2
BigmanPigman May 2018 #3
Hortensis May 2018 #8
BigmanPigman May 2018 #9
Hortensis May 2018 #10
notdarkyet May 2018 #5
Nac Mac Feegle May 2018 #12
DemoTex May 2018 #6
snort May 2018 #7

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:50 PM

1. Swipe left... ( n/t )

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Response to Make7 (Reply #1)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:59 PM

4. I was gonna say - Tinder has probably destroyed a lot more than 33 homes... (nt)

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Response to Make7 (Reply #1)

Mon May 7, 2018, 09:06 AM

11. Swipe right on this joke. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:54 PM

2. That's a new type of burning sensation.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:14 PM

3. At least it almost contained now.

There is a drought going on in the southwest still and this does not look good for the next 9 months. I am SOOOO grateful that our govt is looking out for such coming disasters caused by climate change and is doing everything in its power to fight it.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Mon May 7, 2018, 05:38 AM

8. Yes. I often think that the climate and Republican power

coming together at this time creates what could be perfect storm conditions.

It's very sad that these homes were lost, but at least each of these fires means an area that won't burn too heavily to control for some years as climate problems build. No surprise that this is in mountainous terrain. My sister lives in pine forest in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, and they've had to clear all undergrowth to 15 or 20 feet above the ground, and take out particularly flammable plants, including beautiful manzanitas, some very old, for years now.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #8)

Mon May 7, 2018, 08:02 AM

9. Down in Southern CA we have to clear dried up

vegetation within a certain perimeter around homes and hopefully replace them with plants that are natural, like succulents and ice plants. It helps to a degree but when you have a fire with Santa Ana winds the flames and cinders spread far and quickly.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #9)

Mon May 7, 2018, 08:59 AM

10. We lived in SoCal for 25 years and had friends up on ridges

and in canyons who were at risk from fire and/or mud slides more years than not. We felt pretty safe then in a little urban valley between two ranges of mountains (just west of Pasadena) because fire would have to sweep down through a couple hundred homes to reach ours. We wouldn't these days. Things have changed.

Lol. When we first moved to Georgia some workmen set some debris on fire under a large tree right next to the house on that property -- and left once they got the fire going nicely. Surreal coming from California. I couldn't relax and almost had a heart attack rushing to call 911 when the wind rose and the fire flared up. But in my defense, the nonagenarians in that house couldn't have just run away and the fire was illegally close. Fires/bonfires must be 50 feet from any structure (!), routinely ignored by many whether they have 50 feet or not.

Fortunately, iceplant and succulents are pretty. My sister's bare pine-forest floor, cleared of needles, not so much, but she loves it up there anyway. Stay safe.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 07:16 PM

5. I live in Coconino county. I'm by interstate 40 and hwy 89. Have seen no fire, think it is

South, but this does not portend well for the summer.

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Response to notdarkyet (Reply #5)

Mon May 7, 2018, 02:03 PM

12. This is South of you

On the East side of 89, about 30 miles South. You might get some smoke in the Winslow area, but if the winds are as usual, you might not. This is around the Starlight Pines development down there.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 08:02 PM

6. Sad. I love the Coco, and I love Arizona.

I spent 2014-2016 working for the USFS in fire detection in the Coronado NF, in south Arizona (Tucson area). Wish I could be there now, to help. But I am stuck taking care of Nick.

My fire buds know that as soon as Nick is gone, I'll be out there. I hate watching from 2000 miles away.

Fire Lookout Ranger DemoTex.

This is the DU member formerly known as DemoTex.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:57 PM

7. So the response is about 1/50th

of what it should be. Future conflagrations will make this look like practice. Ready?

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