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. The fire is approximately 13,423 acres based on infrared photography.
On Saturday, efforts to suppress the fire were hindered by smoke which prohibited the use of aerial observation aircraft. Helicopter activity supporting firefighters on the line was also significantly reduced. Late in the day a helicopter was able to complete a mission dropping ignition devices (PSD) to burnout fuels between the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon and the fire line along Forest Road 535.
High moisture levels over the fire during the night time hours prohibited further burnout operations. Yesterday a 230KW power transmission line was re-energized northwest of the fire. Another APS line was also energized heading east from the Arizona Department of Transportation maintenance facility near the Overlook on Highway 89.
Burnout operations will continue today along Woody Mountain Road FR231 depending on weather conditions and the outcome of nightshift operations. Crews will continue to mop up and reinforce completed containment lines on the perimeter of the fire.
Fire personnel will also work with APS in Oak Creek Canyon to repair power lines damaged in the area. Although burning conditions today will be tempered by weather conditions, a warmer and dryer period is expected for early this week.
Although numerous burnout operations have occurred over the fire, the overall impact is very similar to those of a controlled burn. Sensitive application of fire is utilized to minimize impact on the forest.
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.
Slide Fire summary:
- 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, vacation resort cabins, and a Forest Service lookout tower. To date no structures have been lost.
- Injuries: No injuries reported.
- Resources: Approximately 1,219 personnel including 38 crews, 62 engines, nine helicopters, two air attack planes, and other resources which are not assigned but available to the incident such as heavy air tankers.
- 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
For information on air quality, please visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website at: http://wildlandfire.az.gov