The Tinder Fire continues to expand in Cococino County, Arizona, threatening more than 500 homes. (Photo/Arizona Department of Transportation via United States Forest Service)
Published April 30, 2018
TWIN ARROWS, ARIZONA – The Twin Arrows Navajo Casino and Resort (TANCR) is assisting the evacuation efforts of residents affected by the Tinder Fire, which is burning in the area of Happy Jack, Arizona.
A shelter has been set up in the casino’s event center to accommodate 100 people. TANCR is coordinating relief efforts with the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
“Our winter season was very dry and has increased the danger of wildfires in our forest lands. In these dry conditions, we need to take extra precaution when extinguishing campfires and burning weeds,” President Russell Begaye said. “The Navajo Nation is glad to assist the evacuation efforts.”
The Navajo Nation Police Department is working with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Coconino County Sheriff’s Department and the Navajo County Sheriff’s Department in facilitating evacuations.
On Sunday, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department ordered evacuations for affected communities north, east and west of Highway 87.
“Fire season is upon us and we need to use common sense when attending to and putting out fires, especially near our forests,” Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez said. “Our prayers go to the families affected by the fire and to our emergency responders and public safety officers who are responding to the Tinder Fire.”
The Navajo Department of Health’s Office of Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness is on standby to assist efforts.