Governor Declares State of Emergency After Thousands of Acres Burn in Fire

May 01, 2018May 01, 2018

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently declared a state of emergency. According to CNN, the governor felt it necessary after a Tinder Fire grew out of control in Coconino County.

The fire, according to reports, has burned 11,420 acres since it began on Friday. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is still growing, and more damage is expected to emerge as a direct result. 

"I'm issuing today's declaration to ensure that they have the necessary resources to protect the lives, pets, and property of Arizonans," Ducey said in a statement, according to CNN. 

"Public safety is a top priority," he added.

Reports claim that a total of 1,000 structures are threatened by the fire. On top of that, a total of 559 personnel, including 115 hotshot crews, are currently fighting the blaze. Even with all of their effort, however, the fire has continued to grow, and it continues to threaten many structures throughout Arizona. 

Winds continue to blow very hard east-southeast with gusts reaching up to 30 mph. 

The website for the governor claims that the state of emergency authorizes the following actions: 

a. Declare that a State of Emergency exists in Coconino County due to the Tinder Fire, effective April 27, 2018; and

b. Directs that the sum of $200,000 from the General Fund be made available to the Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to be expended in accordance with A.R.S. §35-192, A.A.C. R8-2-301 to 321, and Executive Order 79-4; and

c. Direct that the State of Arizona Emergency Response and Recovery Plan be used to direct and control state and other assets and authorize the Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to coordinate state assets.

Please pray for the safety of everybody fighting this fire. 

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