Slide Fire 5/23 Morning Update – Sedona Public Meeting Today

Taken on 5/22/14 by Brady Smith. Credit: U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest

Taken on 5/22/14 by Brady Smith. Credit: U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest

May 23, 2014

Media Information: 623-252-1782

DO NOT CALL 623-252-2782

Public Information:

Information Center: 928-679-4173, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

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Flagstaff, Ariz. – 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.

Today:

Firefighters will continue working in the East Pocket area to the southwest using possible retardant and water drops in the rugged terrain. Prep work will also continue along FSR 231 and FSR 535 in preparation for aerial ignitions and ground burnout operations to the north and west flanks. Forming a ‘catcher’s mitt’ to the northwest, this suppression strategy will significantly increase acreage, but is essential to firefighter safety in extreme canyon terrain. Safety remains the number one priority in all wildfire operations. Fire managers anticipate lower intensity fire behavior within the ‘catcher’s mit’ containment lines. Crews will also work to hold hand and dozer line completed overnight near the Fish Hatchery. If conditions permit, crews may conduct burnouts near Slide Rock State Park to secure the southernmost containment lines.

Size: Approximately 7,500 acres.

Containment: 5%

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 as well vacation resort cabins and a Forest Service lookout tower.

Injuries: No injuries reported.

Current Resources: Approximately 840 personnel including 15 hotshot crews, 33 engines, three air tankers, five helicopters, two air attack, and other resources.

Closures:

· 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. Coconino County issued a pre-evacuation notice to residents of Kachina Village and Forest Highlands subdivisions. Residents are advised to be prepared to evacuate. County Emergency Management encourages those in the affected neighborhoods to begin packing important items they may need for several days. These items include prescriptions, important papers, any special dietary needs and pets. No new evacuations are in place at this time.

There is a public meeting in Sedona, Today, May 23, 2014 at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Sedona High School, Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd.

 

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.

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Source: InciWeb

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