WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FEMA has approved a fire suppression grant for Arizona for the Rainbow Fire that is burning in the Arizona. The fire is burning in Navajo and Gila counties.
As of Saturday, June 12, the fire had consumed up to 5,000 acres on the White River Indian Reservation. The fire was threatening the towns of White River, Pine Top, Lakeside and Show Lo. Local officials report 15 homes have been destroyed on the reservation along with 13 other outlying structures.
Approximately 100 people were evacuated along with a community hospital. In Pine Top, the fire threatened 2,000 homes and 30 businesses. No injuries associated with the fire have been reported.
The American Red Cross (ARC) opened a shelter on the White River Reservation to house 150 people. Two ARC Emergency Response Vehicles were deployed to provide meals.
FEMA staff from the regional office in San Francisco ( Region IX ) are in contact with officials in Arizona and will continue to closely monitor the situation.