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.
Fire behavior has been suppressed today by smoke and cloud cover. Weather conditions over the Slide Fire created a smoke inversion over the fire and surrounding areas throughout most of the day. This caused incident aircraft to be grounded and the use of helicopters for aerial ignition could not occur until late in the afternoon.
Line crews continued to burnout the area between the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon, Forest Road (FR) 535 and Woody Mountain Road (FR 231). Fire is slowly moving up the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon and onto the top of Buzzard Ridge and Barney Pasture. Mop up continued around structures in Oak Creek Canyon.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office 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 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.
Burnout operations will continue throughout the night along Woody Mountain Road creating a buffer area for the approaching main fire. Much of the burnout operations are being conducted at night, to take advantage of low humidity and temperature, which will keep fire intensity low. This is important because it helps minimize impacts to the watershed. Fire managers are anticipating burnout operations will conclude by Tuesday.
Because of fire conditions Coconino County has instituted a ban on open burning on County public lands and private lands in the unincorporated areas of the County. The ban went into effect at 10:30 a.m. Friday May 23 and will remain in effect until fire danger conditions subside. Further information on this ban may be found at www.coconino.az.gov
Slide Fire summary:
- Size: Approximately 11,800 acres.
- Containment: 5%
- Location: Originated just about 4 to 5 miles north of Sedona, just north of Slide Rock State Park.
- Date Reported: 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 as well vacation resort cabins and a Forest Service lookout tower.
- Injuries: No significant injuries reported.
- Resources: Approximately 975 personnel including 36 crews, 46 engines, nine helicopters, two air attack, and other resources.
- 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
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