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 Slide fire is approximately 14,100 acres and estimated to be 25 percent contained.
The Incident Management Team thanks the Sedona Fire Department for having a structure preparation plan in place for Oak Creek Canyon. This plan assisted team members in quickly dispatching resources to appropriate areas. This smooth transition was elemental in protecting structures within the canyon.
Fire personnel worked on rehabilitating fire line near Slide Rock State Park, and monitoring fire activity surrounding the fish hatchery and switchbacks. Along FSR 535 crews continued patrols and began mop up. Crews continued burnout operations today moving south along Woody Mountain Road (FSR 231).
To promote a low intensity burn, surface fire was applied via aerial ignition near the tops of West Fork Canyon and Casner Cabin Draw. This practice allows fire to slowly back down into the canyon bottom lessening impacts to watersheds. Crews will continue to mop up and reinforce completed containment lines on the perimeter of the fire.
Burnout operations will continue throughout the night along Woody Mountain Road creating a buffer area for the approaching main fire. Line preparation for burnout operations will continue moving south and southeast in front of the burnout operations.
Fire managers are anticipating burnout operations will conclude by Tuesday. Smoke is anticipated to settle over the larger fire area this evening. Motorists please be aware of diminished visibility and wildlife. For information on air quality, please visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website at: http://www.phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx
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.
The Incident Management Team expresses their sincere thanks for donations which were received in support of our firefighters. However they request that future donations be made to charities like the Salvation Army, United Way, the American Red Cross, Coconino and Yavapai Search and Rescue, or other local charitable organizations.
Firefighters working the Slide Fire are well supplied and need no further clothing and food items. Individuals wanting to donate their time should contact the Northern Arizona United Way at (928) 773-9813 or nazunitedway.org. Monetary contributions can be made to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at http://www.wffoundation.org/.
Slide Fire summary:
- 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 significant injuries reported.
- Resources: Approximately 1,236 personnel including 35 crews, 61 engines, nine helicopters, two air attack planes, and other resources which are not assigned but available to the incident such as heavy air tankers.
NEW: 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: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/coconino/landmanagement/?cid=stelprdb5331631&width=full
Previous closures still in place:
- 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
(Source: Southwest Area Incident Management Team)