Slide Fire 5/26 Evening Update – 18,500 acres, 35% contained

Slide Fire view from Turkey Butte 25MAY.  Panorama of the Slide Fire as seen from Turkey Butte, and area used by firefighters to "spike camp" for the night. Photo credit Jayson Coil.

Slide Fire view from Turkey Butte 25MAY.
Panorama of the Slide Fire as seen from Turkey Butte, and area used by firefighters to “spike camp” for the night. Photo credit Jayson Coil.

May 26, 2014

Media Information: 623-252-1782

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Information Center: 928-679-4173, 928-774-1947, 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, predominantly on the west side of the canyon.

Size: 18,500

Containment: 35%

Today:

Fire personnel continued to work on rehabilitating fire line from Slide Rock State Park north to the 89A switchbacks and west along the north and northwest flanks Crews used hand ignition to promote a low intensity burn due to the higher temperatures and lower humidity. Arizona Public Service personnel removed hazard trees throughout Oak Creek Canyon.

Tonight:

Burnout operations will continue overnight along Woody Mountain Road (FSR 231) near West Buzzard Point to complete the containment buffer. Line preparation for burnout operations will continue on the western flank. 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

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.

 

Current Resources: Approximately 1,092 personnel

Closures:

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

Evacuations: 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.

Campers who left behind camping gear at Pine Flat and Cave Springs Campgrounds can call the Information Center 928-679-4173 to arrange pickup of their property.

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Source: InciWeb

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