Slide Fire 5/24 Evening Update

Credit: Coconino National Forest

Credit: Coconino National Forest

The Slide Fire, reported just before 4 pm May 20, is burning in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park.

Closures include Highway 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff and Forest Road 535 off Highway 89A. Power has been shut off by APS from Slide Rock, north through the canyon.

An approximate 2 to 3-mile stretch of area from Slide Rock State Park north toward the Sterling Springs Hatchery has been evacuated, as well as the East Pocket Forest Service Lookout Tower. Evacuees are being relocated to Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff.

Planned Actions
Potential burnout operations along upper 89A ‘switchbacks’ to hold the northeast fire flank. SE winds may increase fire behavior to the NW to Harding Point.

Growth Potential
Potentially active today to the NW near Harding Point.

Terrain Difficulty
Steep slopes, canyon, very difficult terrain

Efforts continue today on holding fire west of HWY 89A. Firing operations expected to continue.

Source: InciWeb

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