A community meeting on the Slide Fire will be held this afternoon at 4p.m. in Sedona at the Red Rock High School Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road.
Work continues along FSR 231 and FSR 535 to prepare for burnout operations. Firefighters are utilizing aerial ignitions by helicopter and continuing ground burnout operations on the north and west flanks. Aerial ignitions are applied to the top of slopes; it creates a low intensity fire that backs slowly down the canyon to prevent fire from gaining momentum upslope. Crews continue to protect structures in Oak Creek Canyon.
Over a hundred spot fires were found last night with an infrared flight north of the fire. Crews were able to line and mop-up the spots easily due to past fuel treatments in the area.
Firefighter safety is our number one priority. Due to the extreme terrain, our suppression strategy is to create containment lines in safer areas far ahead of the fire, reinforcing these lines with low-intensity burnout operations. This means fire managers are expecting the size of the fire’s footprint to greatly increase, but many areas will receive much lighter fire behavior.
For information on air quality, please visit Arizona Department of Environmental Quality at: http://phoenixvis.net/ppmmain.aspx
No new information regarding size and containment at this time. All closures and evacuations remain the same.
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Media Staging at Fort Tuthill is being moved to the south entrance at Hwy 89A. All media must move out of the current location by 3 p.m. See PIOs for additional info.
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