Officials confirm 33 homes destroyed at the Tinder Fire

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At least 54 outbuildings also burned, for a total of 87 structures

Snow at the Tinder Fire

Above: Snow at the Tinder Fire Incident Command Post, May 2, 2018. IMT photo.

(Originally published at 1:55 p.m. MDT May 4, 2018)

The Incident Management Team reported Friday morning that 33 residences and 54 outbuildings burned in the Tinder Fire, which started a week ago 22 air miles northeast of Payson, Arizona.

(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Tinder Fire, click here.)

By sunset today, May 4, all evacuation orders will be lifted on the 12,628-acre blaze. Displaced residents are being allowed into the communities during a staged re-entry process beginning with those whose homes burned. Highway 87 will reopen at 7 p.m. today.

Firefighters are conducting burnout operations today on the northeast and east sides as conditions allow to further secure unburned interior islands within the fire perimeter.

map Tinder Fire MAY 3, 2018
Incident Management Team map of the Tinder Fire May 3, 2018. The black lines represent areas where the fire is held by a road, dozer line, or hand-constructed fireline. The red lines are open fireline. Click here to see the original map with a legend.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

6 thoughts on “Officials confirm 33 homes destroyed at the Tinder Fire”

  1. Sad seeing negative comments about any firefighters who are increasingly called-upon to battle fires ‘street-to-street’ in wildland interface where homes likely never should have been built.

  2. How can I find out who was on the crew in Clearbrook 9 when it came up the Canyon? I am three lots away from the Canyon and I would like to thank them personally. They were patrolling the roads all night long.
    Email me at

  3. Not such a stellar job by USFS ,on the TINDER fire.[ 87 structures burned ].
    It got away from them . [granted ,there was wind ,however the Precip ,bailed them out ]. NEED TO HIT THESE WILDFIRES MUCH HARDER, with large air tankers ,when they start !

    1. Perfect 20-20 hindsight. Now give us the benefit of foresight: where should I pre-position resources for the next 3-5 months; who’s gonna win the Derby, the NBA & NHL, and who will the next Speaker of the House be?

      1. So sorry to the families that loss their homes . Thank you, USFS and all the Firefighters/Volunteers that helped get this fire under control. It could have been much worse. No lives loss and you saved whole communities GREAT JOB:) !!!!! Let’s all hope and pray this is the last one of the year.


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