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Slide Fire near Sedona 35% contained
The Slide Fire, located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park, is burning northward, predominantly on the west side of the canyon.
As of Tuesday, May 27, it has reached 20,328 acres (Acres are based on infrared photography 5/26/14) Containment is at 35 percent.
During Memorial Day, crews burned out along the Woody Mountain Road, completing the final perimeter burnout around the fire. Over the course of the fire, fire personnel constructed approximately 40 miles of line to form a containment perimeter. Work was also completed in the removal of hazard trees along Highway 89A. These trees were damaged by the fire and deemed a safety risk to travelers.
On Tuesday, crews were working on holding the containment line along the west edge of the fire and burn out patches of unburned land within the fire line. Crews were also patrolling and mopping up other parts of the fire line to assure the fire stays within containment boundaries.?In addition to holding the fire line within containment boundaries, crews began implementing fire rehabilitation guidelines provided by the Coconino National Forest. These guidelines provide direction in mitigating the impact of fire line construction across the fire.
Weather conditions will continue to warm and dry out as the high pressure ridge intensifies. Work was completed on the installation of two Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS). The placement locations were designed to provide additional weather date for fire managers to help them understand weather conditions across the fire and the impact those weather conditions will have on burning conditions.
The fire originated about four to five miles north of Sedona, just north of Slide Rock State Park on Tuesday, May 20 at approximately 4 p.m. It is thought to be human caused, but is under investigation.? Law enforcement is seeking any information the public may have regarding the start of the Slide Fire and anyone of suspicion in the area on the day the fire started between Slide Rock State Park and Half Way Picnic Area. The public should call Forest Service Law Enforcement at 928-527-3511 if they have any information that might assist law enforcement in the investigation.
There are approximately 300 structures threatened, private homes, vacation resort cabins, and a Forest Service lookout tower. To date no structures have been lost. No injuries have been reported.
There are approximately 1081 personnel fighting the fire, including 28 crews, 58 engines, nine helicopters, two air attack planes, and other resources which are not assigned, but available to the incident such as heavy air tankers.
The Coconino National Forest has issued an emergency closure on all National Forest System lands within the area of the Slide Fire on the Coconino National Forest, in Coconino and Yavapai Counties. To view the order and map of the fire closure area, visit www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/coconino/landmanagement/?cid=stelprdb5331631&width=full
Evacuations remain in place in Oak Creek Canyon from Slide Rock State Park to Sterling Springs Hatchery. Campers who left behind camping gear at Pine Flat and Cave Springs Campground can call the Coconino Information Center (EOC) at (928) 679-4173 between 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to arrange to pick up their property.
Coconino County is reminding people to register their cellphone number with the County’s CodeRED emergency notification system at www.coconino.az.gov/emergency. Only residents whose numbers are registered will receive a direct phone call about any type of pre- or mandatory evacuation order.