Evacuations ordered, structures destroyed as over 11,000-acre Tinder Fire explodes in Arizona

More than 500 homes are under threat from the rapidly expanding Tinder Fire in Arizona, which exploded from 500 to 8,000 acres in the span of a few hours on Sunday. The fire grew to more than 11,400 acres on Tuesday and is 0 percent contained as of Tuesday evening, according to InciWeb.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency Monday in Coconino County in response to the Tinder Fire.

The wind-driven blaze, which originated on April 27 about 1.5 miles northeast of the Blue Ridge Reservoir in Coconino County, has triggered a number of evacuations and road closures in nearby local communities, according to InciWeb.

All communities north, east and west of Highway 87 were ordered to evacuate, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

Tinder Fire - Arizona Department of Transportation via U.S. Forest Service
Tinder Fire - Arizona Department of Transportation via U.S. Forest Service

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)

No injuries have been reported, but some structures have been lost, according to InciWeb. Officials have yet to release information on exactly how many structures were impacted as they continue to assess damage.

Coconino County health officials are urging people in the fire's vicinity, particularly those with preexisting health conditions, to take precautions against inhaling wildfire smoke.

High winds contributing to the fire's growth will likely continue to exacerbate containment efforts for the more than 500 personnel working to contain the blaze.

The gusty winds from earlier in the week will begin to calm on Wednesday and into the remainder of the week, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey.

The fire's cause remains under investigation.