The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, up the canyon into places such as West Fork and Harding Point.
Yesterday fire managers saw very active fire behavior including runs, spotting, and torching as the fire became established in the upper Sterling Canyon area. Crews quickly responded with burnout operations along FSR 535 west to HWY 89A to the north. Fire retardant was also used heavily in steep terrain along the west flank with good results. The fire transitioned to a Type I Incident Management Team bringing many additional resources to the fire.
Last night cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity moderated fire behavior. Crews completed burnout operations north of the fire.
Today firefighters are concentrating on holding the fire west of Highway 89A and south of Fry Canyon. Firing operations will likely continue in these areas as crews work to hold work completed yesterday. Additional work may include potential firing operations along the upper 89A ‘switchbacks’ to hold the northeast fire flank.
Winds are forecast to be lighter today, with temperatures to be similar to yesterday. As the day warms, firefighters expect increased fire behavior, with the most active portion of the fire toward the northwest to Harding Point.
Heavy smoke is likely again in the greater Flagstaff area. Residents and motorists are asked to use caution as visibility may be limited at times.
Evacuations remain in place in Oak Creek Canyon from Slide Rock State Park to Sterling Springs Hatchery. Coconino County issued a pre-evacuation notice to residents of Kachina Village and Forest Highlands subdivisions. Residents are advised to be prepared to evacuate.
County Emergency Management encourages those in the affected neighborhoods to begin packing important items they may need for several days. These items include prescriptions, important papers, any special dietary needs and pets. No new evacuations are in place at this time.
Coconino County is reminding people to register their cell phone 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.
- Highway 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff
- Forest Road (FR) 535 at Highway 89A
- FR 533 at Highway 89A
- FR 231 at Rogers Lake
- FR 527 and 530 (west side; Volunteer Canyon area)
- Casner Mountain is closed to all vehicles
Slide Fire summary:
- Size: 4,830 acres
- Containment: 0%
- 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 yesterday 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 as well vacation resort cabins and a Forest Service lookout tower.
- Injuries: No injuries reported.
- Current Resources: Approximately 840 personnel including 15 hotshot crews, 33 engines, three air tankers, five helicopters, two air attack, and other resources.