Fire crews are responding to the Junipine Fire, an 8-acre fire reported late this afternoon near Junipine in Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona.
The fire is burning north toward the old Slide Fire burn area and preliminary reports indicate that the fire was caused by a downed powerline.
Current resources on scene include air attack, four engines and a fuels crew—all comprise approximately more than 50 personnel.
No evacuations have been ordered at this time and no structures are reported threatened. More information will sent out as it becomes available.
Due to the ongoing firefighting efforts against the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon, the State Route 89A improvement project along the switchbacks north of Sedona is on hold at this time, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
ADOT had been preparing for a scheduled closure of the SR 89A switchbacks for a pavement and safety-improvement project starting on Tuesday, May 27, at the conclusion of the Memorial Day weekend.
The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, up the canyon into places such as West Fork and Harding Point.
Overnight: Crews made good progress overnight conducting burnout operations along the north and east flanks of the fire. Several small spot fires were contained south of FSR 535 through the evening hours. Additional burnout operations were conducted starting near the upper canyon ‘switchbacks’ on Highway 89A southward to the Fish Hatchery.
1. Has there been an evacuation notice given? The only evacuation notice given is for the residents within Oak Creek Canyon north of Slide Rock State Park. There has been a “Pre-Evacuation” notice given to the residents of the Kachina Village and Forest Highlands neighborhoods.
2. How do I receive emergency notifications by phone or email in the event of an evacuation or other extreme event? Go to the County Website at Coconino.az.gov/emergency and enroll in the County’s emergency response system: CodeRed.
Fire crews continue to hold the fire west of Highway 89A and south of Fry Canyon.
Burnout operations have been conducted south of FSR 535 to create a larger fire break north east of the fire. Hotshot crews are also working to create fire line across the Pump House Wash near the 89A ‘switchbacks’ to control the east flank and prevent further spread east.
Winds have become lighter today, with temperatures in the low 70s. As the day continues to warm, firefighters expect increased fire behavior, with the most active portion of the fire toward the northwest to Harding Point.
(Posted May 21, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.) The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, up the canyon into places such as West Fork and Harding Point.
This afternoon, firefighters began burn out operations off FSR 535 to create a defensible space between the fire and Hwy 89 and FSR 535. All air resources have been shut down due to high winds. Firefighters are concentrating on keeping the fire west of Highway 89A, minimizing impacts to structures and utilizing terrain and fuel features to fight the fire.