Live News Alert!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Mohave Valley Fire Department is sending water tender 818 with 2 personal to assist with the Tinder Fire.
ZachNews has learned that Mohave Valley Fire Department is sending water tender 818 with 2 personal to assist with the Tinder Fire burning 50 miles northeast of Payson, Arizona.
The water tender 818 is seen in the picture above sent into ZachNews by Mohave Valley Fire Department Fire Marshal Don Gibson.
The 2 personal heading over to the fire have been identified as engine boss Mike McDonald and firefighter Will Irvine.
** Picture from the Arizona State Forestry: **
As of 10:09am MST on Monday, April 30th, 2018, the fast moving Tinder Fire has burned 8,623 acres in the Coconino National Forest, some structures have been damaged, and smoke is affecting areas in northern Arizona into Colorado.
Reports that over 1,000 buildings have been evacuated in several communities in northeastern Arizona.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is reporting that State Route 87 is closed from milepost 290 at Clints Well to milepost 312 just 2 miles north of the Elks Picnic Grounds due to the Tinder Fire.
This is expected to be an extended closure and motorists are being told to use Interstate 17 and Interstate 40 as alternate routes.
Our community sends our thoughts and prayers to those communities affected by the fire and give our support to the many firefighters, medical crews, law enforcement personal, and disaster assistance crews helping people in the affected communities.
** Picture Above from the Mohave Valley Fire Department: **