State of Emergency Declared as Wildfire Balloons North of Flagstaff

A wildfire burning north of Flagstaff, Arizona, scorched 16,625 acres as of April 20, a day after officials declared a state of emergency.

Footage by local resident Katie Carlson Johnston shows thick smoke plumes in a residential area.

According to officials, the Tunnel Fire, first reported on April 17, was being fanned by “extremely high winds.”

The Arizona Republic, citing Coconino County Supervisor Patrice Horstman, said the blaze prompted the evacuation of 766 households and 1,000 animals. Credit: Katie Carlson Johnston via Storyful

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