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 estimated at 35 percent containment and is approximately 20,328 acres.
During Memorial Day crews burned out along the Woody Mountain Road, completing the final perimeter burnout around the fire. Over the course of the fire, fire personnel constructed approximately 40 miles of line to form a containment perimeter around the fire. Work was also completed in the removal of hazard trees along Highway 89A. These trees were damaged by the fire and deemed a safety risk to travelers.
On Tuesday crews will work on holding the containment line along the west edge of the fire and burn out patches of unburned land within the fire line. All firing will be conducted to create low intensity fire on the landscape in a manner where fire managers have more influence on the ultimate outcome. Crews will also be patrolling and mopping up other parts of the fire line to assure the fire stays within containment boundaries. No threats to the fire line are anticipated today.
In addition to holding the fire line within containment boundaries, crews will begin implementing fire rehabilitation guidelines provided by the Coconino National Forest. These guidelines provide direction in mitigating the impact of fire line construction across the fire.
Weather conditions will continue to warm and dry out as the high pressure ridge intensifies into Wednesday. Work was completed on the installation of two Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS). The placement locations were designed to provide additional weather date for fire managers to help them understand weather conditions across the fire and the impact those weather conditions will have on burning conditions.
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.
Current Resources: Approximately 1081 personnel including 28 crews, 58 engines, 9 helicopters, 2 air attack planes, and other resources which are not assigned but available to the incident such as heavy air tankers.
Closures: 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:
• 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
Evacuations: Evacuations remain in place in Oak Creek Canyon from Slide Rock State Park to Sterling Springs Hatchery. Campers who left behind camping gear at Pine Flat and Cave Springs Campground can call the Coconino Information Center (EOC) at (928) 679-4173 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to arrange to pick up their property. 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://www.phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx