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Neighborhoods Put In “Set” By The Tunnel Fire Are Now In “Ready” As The Fire Reaches 89-Percent Containment

photo courtesy of the Coconino National Forest

Communities along Highway 89, from Campbell Avenue to the north entrance of Wuptaki National Monument have been downgraded from “Set” to “Ready” status as the Tunnel Fire approaches full containment. The fire has burned over 19-thousand acres and is now 89-percent contained. The decision to downgrade evacuation status was made with the Type 1 Fire Incident Management Team that is now managing the Tunnel Fire. After considering several factors to include fire behavior, fuel types, natural barriers, estimated time of evacuation, and other factors it was determined that this area was no longer currently in imminent danger from the Tunnel Fire. The neighborhoods and communities included in this change of status are Timberline, Fernwood, Brandis Way, Girls Ranch Road, Pumpkin Patch, Lenox Park, Wupatki Estates and Antelope Hills. The Coconino National Forest and a Type Four team is assuming command of the fire today.

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