Officials issue evacuation notice as wildfire rages in north-central Arizona

The Tinder Fire in Arizona is seen in a photo posted on social media by the state Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

A raging fire in north-central Arizona continues to grow and has burned an unknown number of structures. Officials said on Monday that the blaze that sparked on Friday about nine miles east of Clints Well has grown to more than 8,600 acres, or about 13.5 square miles, and forced the evacuation of nearby communities.

Strong winds have been fanning the raging wildfire which has been tagged as Tinder Fire. Those winds were expected to continue through Tuesday, firefighters said.

Residents of Mosqui Ranchettes, Starlight Pines, Clear Creek Pines, Tamerron Pines, Ponderosa Pine, Timber Ridge, Pine Canyon, Blue Ridge Estates, Ponderosa Pine and Mogollon Ranch were ordered to evacuate late on Sunday.

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors also declared a state of emergency on Sunday since the fire was edging close to homes and buildings.

Around 510 firefighters and 13 crews specializing in containing wildfires are battling the blaze that is 0 percent contained.

The cause of the wildfire is unknown.

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