Volunteers sought to clear debris from homes impacted Arizona wildfire

Jul 22, 2022, 4:05 AM
This Wednesday April 20, 2022, photo provided by Bill Wells shows his home on the outskirts of Flag...
This Wednesday April 20, 2022, photo provided by Bill Wells shows his home on the outskirts of Flagstaff, Ariz., destroyed by a the Tunnel Fire on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (Bill Wells via AP)
(Bill Wells via AP)

PHOENIX — Coconino County officials are seeking volunteers to help clear debris from homes impacted by the destructive springtime Tunnel Fire.

The cleanup event north of Flagstaff is scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers need to register in advance through the United Way volunteer hub and be at least 18 years old. The exact location will be provided upon registration.

Organizers will provide safety training before sending volunteers to pre-identified residences in the Timberline area off Highway 89.

Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, heavy duty work gloves, sunscreen and a hat and bring a refillable water bottle. Organizers encourage long-sleeve T-shirts for sun protection, too.

The Tunnel Fire ignited about 14 miles northeast of Flagstaff on April 17 and burned through more than 19,000 acres of dry grass, brush and scattered pine before firefighters stopped its progress.

The fast-spreading wildfire damaged about 30 structures and prompted the evacuation of more than 750 homes, according to Coconino County officials.

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Volunteers sought to clear debris from homes impacted Arizona wildfire