Arizona wildfires grow to more than 16k acres, dozens of buildings destroyed

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Posted at 8:19 AM, Apr 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-20 11:32:37-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Hundreds of families near Flagstaff, Arizona have been forced to evacuate as a wildfire threatens several communities.

The Tunnel Fire has charred more than 16,000 acres as of Wednesday morning, according to InciWeb.

Two dozen buildings have been destroyed, ABC15 in Phoenix reported.

Winds and medium-to-high range spotting in timber and grass have helped the flames move rapidly to the northeast.

Both directions of US 89 near Flagstaff are closed.

Fire officials said there no containment as of late Tuesday.

Meanwhile, officials have issued evacuation notices for several communities south of Prescott due to the Crooks Fire.

It has grown to 1,600 acres.

The fire was discovered Monday at 10 a.m. approximately 10 miles south of Prescott.

As of late Tuesday, there was 0% containment.


Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate.

Emergency Supply Kit Checklist:

  • Face masks or coverings
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
  • Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
  • Prescriptions or special medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
  • Don’t forget pet food and water!

Items to take if time allows:

  • Easily carried valuables
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items
  • Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
  • Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.

Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.