The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, predominantly on the west side of the canyon.
On Sunday, significant progress was made in completing the burnout operation between the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon and the northern boundary of the fire along Forest Road 535. Crews assisted by helicopters dropping ignition devices (PSD) burned out the remaining parts of this area which will help prevent the further movement of the fire to the north. During the evening crews continued to burn out lines along the Woody Mountain Road (FR231) on the southwest side of the fire.
On Memorial Day crews will continue burnout operations between FR 231 and the south side of the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon. Crews will begin rehabilitation work along Highway 89 and the developed areas on the southeast corner of the fire in Oak Creek Canyon. Vegetative debris created earlier during firefighting efforts will be chipped and hauled from the area.
The weather over the next three days will change significantly as the low pressure over the fire during the weekend moves east and is replaced by high pressure bringing warmer and dryer air. Temperatures are anticipated to rise 5 to 8 degrees a day to mid-week with an accompanying drop in humidity. To allow fire managers to better assess weather conditions over the fire, two Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) will be installed within and near the fire area to measure local weather conditions.
Considering the steep rugged terrain associated with this fire, the incident has had an excellent safety record. Although there have been some minor injuries, all firefighters returned to work. Medical issues have included treatment for poison oak and ivy exposure.
Slide Fire summary:
- Size: 16,365 acres (Acres are based on infrared photography 5/25/14)
- Containment: 25 percent
- Location: Originated just about 4 to 5 miles north of Sedona, just north of Slide Rock State Park.
- Date Reported: Tuesday, May 20 at approximately 4 p.m.
- Cause: Human caused, 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.
- Structures Threatened: Approximately 300 structures, private homes, vacation resort cabins, and a Forest Service lookout tower. To date no structures have been lost.
- Injuries: No injuries reported.
- Resources: Approximately 1,236 personnel including 35 crews, 61 engines, 9 helicopters, 2 air attack planes, and other resources which are not assigned but available to the incident such as heavy air tankers.
NEW: 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: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/coconino/landmanagement/?cid=stelprdb5331631&width=full
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office has announced the lifting of the pre-evacuation warning, effective at noon on Monday, May 26 for residents impacted by the Slide Fire in the Kachina Village and Forest Highlands sub-divisions. This action is dependent on fire activity. Evacuations remain in place in Oak Creek Canyon from Slide Rock State Park to Sterling Springs Hatchery. No new evacuations are in place at this time.
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 those residents whose numbers are registered will receive a direct phone call about any type of pre- or mandatory evacuation order.
For information on air quality, please visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website at: http://phoenixvis.net/ppmmain.aspx