CLINTS WELL, Ariz. — The Latest on a wildfire in north-central Arizona (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Wildfires typically are given names based on where they start, using a geographical reference or local landmark.

So the name of a fast-moving fire in north-central Arizona has some people scratching their heads.

Fire information spokesman Brian Scott says the Tinder Fire was supposed to be the Kinder Fire. He says a dispatcher wrote down the wrong first letter, and the name stuck.

Kinder refers to a foot trail that crosses East Clear Creek in the Coconino National Forest. It's a popular recreation area that's somewhat steep and rocky.

Forest spokesman Geoge Jozens says the wildfire was spotted late last week from a lookout tower about a half-mile away.

As of Monday evening, it has burned 13.5 square miles (34.9 square kilometers) about an hour south of Flagstaff.

5 p.m.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared an emergency because of a fast-moving wildfire in the north-central part of the state.

The emergency declared Monday in Coconino County frees up $200,000 in state funding.

Ducey says public safety is a top priority. He says he wants to ensure first responders have the resources they need to protect people, pets and property.

The 13.5 square-mile (34.9 square kilometers) wildfire started late last week in a remote area about an hour southwest of Winslow. It was zero percent contained Monday.

State officials told the Federal Emergency Management Agency that at least 3,000 people are under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

Firefighters are up against strong winds and dry conditions. That part of Arizona is in the worst categories of drought.

1:50 p.m.

Federal officials have granted Arizona's request for funding to help battle a wind-whipped wildfire.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday it will cover up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs.

The U.S. Forest Service says the wildfire has consumed 13.5 square miles (34.9 square kilometers) in a remote area about an hour southwest of Winslow. Evacuations have been ordered for residents in small communities.

State officials say the fire that broke out late last week also has threatened businesses, fire stations, communications towers and churches.

A community meeting is scheduled Monday evening at Winslow High School.

A shelter has been set up at the Navajo Nation's casino east of Flagstaff. A spokesman for the American Red Cross says seven people stayed there overnight.

10:15 a.m.

A wildfire in north-central Arizona has grown and firefighters expect that winds and dry condition may help it increase in size.

The U.S. Forest Service said in an update Monday on its incident information management system website the blaze grew to 13.5 square miles (34.9 square kilometers) as authorities work to evacuate residents and protect homes near the small community of Clints Well.

Strong southwest winds will continue to be a problem through Tuesday while around 510 firefighters and 13 crews specializing in containing wildfires work to slow the fire's path in the Coconino National Forest.

Officials say an unknown number of structures have been damaged and it is not known how many people have been evacuated.

The blaze currently is 0 percent contained.

The wildfire's cause is under investigation.


9 a.m.

A raging wildfire in north-central Arizona continues to grow and has burned an unknown number of structures.

Officials said late Sunday that blaze which started Friday about nine miles (14 kilometers) from the small community of Clints Well has grown to 12.5 square miles (32 square kilometers) and forced the evacuation of nearby communities.

Residents of 10 small nearby communities were ordered to evacuate late Sunday.

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency because the fire was edging close to homes and buildings.

Around 500 firefighters and 7 hotshot crews of elite wildland firefighters are battling the blaze that is 0 percent contained.

The cause of the wildfire is unknown.