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Tunnel Fire increases to 20%, size holding at just over 21,200 acres

Evacuees of the Tunnel Fire near Flagstaff were allowed to return home Sunday night.
Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 7:40 AM MST|Updated: Apr. 25, 2022 at 8:41 AM MST
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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The Tunnel Fire burning near Flagstaff is now 20% contained and the size is roughly 21,215 acres, firefighters said on Monday night. The containment update comes a day after the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office lifted all evacuation orders for the area. The battle on the firelines, however, is far from over.

More than 420 firefighters are assigned to the Tunnel Fire, which started just over a week ago. Gov. Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency Thursday as the fire caused devastation throughout portions of Coconino County.

Over the weekend, Coconino County posted photos from Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument on Facebook, showing “significant damage” to the maintenance area because of the fire. The Tunnel Fire has burned 30 homes and destroyed outbuildings on dozens of properties.

In an update on Monday evening, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office released a list of streets that have reopened. Homeowners can go back home through Walker Road at the south entrance at Lynx Lake. All other entrances remain closed. Officials are asking residents to stay on their property once they get home due to additional closures and firefighters in the area. The following streets have reopened:

Residents may return to the following streets.
Residents may return to the following streets.(YCSO)

Man who lost home to Tunnel Fire focuses on rebuilding

One homeowner who lost everything to the Tunne Fire told Kylee Cruz he is already working on rebuilding.

U.S. 89 also reopened around 1 p.m. on Sunday. The road in that area was closed for about a week, forcing travelers to make a detour of 80 miles or more through Leupp on the Navajo Nation or the Grand Canyon.

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