The Slate Fire, which was reported the morning on June 7, has grown to 1,400 acres.
The fire originated approximately 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff on the west side of U.S. Highway 180, adjacent to the Kaibab National Forest, and is currently moving in a northeast direction.
Portions of Highway 180 -- from Cedar Ranch to Kendrick Park -- will remain closed throughout the day while crews work to contain the fire.
About 130 personnel are currently assigned to the fire, including three Hotshot crews, one hand crew, seven engines, two water tenders, two dozers, one helicopter and miscellaneous overhead.
Crews are using both direct and indirect strategies to contain the fire in order to minimize impacts to Cedar Ranch.
Motorists should avoid Highway 180 north of Kendrick Park, and visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park should use Highway 64 from Williams in order to access the entrance to the Park.
No structures are threatened at this time. Recreation sites in the area are closed, including the Red Mountain and Slate Mountain trailheads, Kendrick Cabin and a portion of the Arizona Trail from Kelly Tank (mile 603.3) and Cedar Ranch (mile 616.2).
The fire was called in by a Coconino County Sheriff's Officer at 3 a.m., and the cause is still under investigation.
Details about the Slate Fire will be posted on InciWeb, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
SLATE FIRE OVERVIEW:
Discovery date: June 7, 2021.
Cause: Under investigation.
Origin location: Roughly 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff. (35.492, -111.847)
Current size: 1,400 acres.
Current resources: Four hand crews, seven engines, two water tenders, two dozers, one helicopter, miscellaneous overhead personnel. Total personnel: Approximately 130.
Predicted smoke impacts: Around Highway 180 between Cedar Ranch and Kendrick Park.
Current closures: Highway 180 from Cedar Ranch to Kendrick Park.
Recent and current operations: Firefighters are conducting burnout operations west of Highway 180 and hand crews, engines and dozers are being used east of Highway 180.