Arizona wildfire: Arizona wildfire quickly spreads toward Flagstaff, hundreds flee homes

The Arizona wildfire has burned more than nine square miles without containment, 14 miles northeast of Flagstaff. The area was popular with all-terrain vehicle users and NASA astronauts who trained there amid volcanic ash pits.

The cause of the fire, which broke out shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, is currently under investigation.

An immediate response from air assets was requested and deployed earlier in the day, but they remained grounded due to unprecedented winds in the region. The height of the flames reached up to one hundred feet and the wind gusts reached 50 miles per hour.

What is the forecast for the fire in Flagstaff?

There was no optimal forecast for Wednesday. However, wind gusts were expected to reach 30 miles per hour.

A fire weather watch is in effect in the area for Thursday.

Amid the growing fire, the rest of the weekdays are expected to be difficult.

What is the current wildfire status in Arizona?

According to an official statement from the Coconino National Forest, due to high winds the fire has grown significantly and is rapidly spreading northeast.

The county requested state and federal resources to fight the fast-moving wildfires in Arizona. Currently, about 200 crew members are fighting the fire.

In response to the fire, county officials declared a local emergency. Residents were asked to monitor the progress of the fire on the county’s website.

What is the current status of evacuation?

The security forces evacuated the people from their homes with the help of deputies.

At the time of the evacuation, more than 2,000 people lived in Coconino County.

By Tuesday evening, 766 households had been evacuated.

In addition to more than 150 businesses, the Flagstaff fire threatens local electric and gas distribution networks and several sites of historical and cultural significance.

About 250 structures remain vulnerable.

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