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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Tunnel Fire, located 14 miles northeast of flagstaff, started Sunday, April 17, and has spread to over 6,000 acres due to extremely high winds.
A U.S. Forest Service Type 3 Incident Management Team is expected to arrive tomorrow evening and a Type 1 team has been requested.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office has evacuated many communities in the fire area. Click here for the most current information on evacuation status: https://coconinocounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=745e7806b0444387bf32792b9c25e169.
The number of structures lost has not been confirmed. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office estimates about 25 structures lost to the fire. More than 250 structures are threatened.
The Coconino County Board of Supervisors declared a State of Emergency due to the impacts of the Tunnel Fire.
Declaring a State of Emergency allows the county to expend emergency funds from all available sources and request assistance from the State of Arizona. If the Governor signs the Declaration, then the State of Arizona will offer further disaster assistance through operational efforts and financial support to the County.
U.S Highway 89 is closed between mileposts 425-435, so motorists traveling toward Page will need to find an alternate route.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter for residents evacuated located at Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.
Shelters for pets and livestock for those under evacuation order (in GO status):
For ongoing updates, visit https://www.coconino.az.gov/2894/Tunnel-Fire.
Follow Coconino County on social media: @coconinocounty on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Sign up for Emergency Notifications here: https://www.coconino.az.gov/207/Emergency-Management.
The Coconino County Call Center is open and accepting calls. The phone number is (928) 679-8525.