Slide Fire 5/27 Evening Update – 45% contained

Over the course of several days, firefighters along the north and northwest flanks of the fire have worked to build, burn out, and now began rehabilitation of fire lines. Along FSR 535 and Woody Mountain Road (FSR 231), crews used hand and aerial ignition to introduce low intensity fire across the landscape to halt the fire advance. Mop up, patrol, and rehabilitation efforts continue along the entire fire perimeter. (Credit: Coconino National Forest)

Over the course of several days, firefighters along the north and northwest flanks of the fire have worked to build, burn out, and now began rehabilitation of fire lines. Along FSR 535 and Woody Mountain Road (FSR 231), crews used hand and aerial ignition to introduce low intensity fire across the landscape to halt the fire advance. Mop up, patrol, and rehabilitation efforts continue along the entire fire perimeter. (Credit: Coconino National Forest)

May 27, 2014

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Flagstaff, Ariz. – The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park.

Size: 20, 369

Containment: 45%

Today:

Work progressed today on the entire perimeter of the fire. On the east flank of the perimeter, crews continued mop up operations, including chipping and rehabilitation work. Handline placed around private property in the southwest area was inspected and is holding in place. The only damage sustained to any private property was one fence post. Some smoke was observed within some interior pockets, but was of no concern.

Tomorrow’s weather is predicted to be very warm and dry. Winds from the south-southwest are expected to increase over the next two days with gusts of 25 mph and with a slight chance of rain going into the weekend. There may be continued burning in interior pockets, but will burn out on its own.

 

Note: This will be the last evening update.

 

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: Injuries were reported on the incident, but none resulted in any lost time.

 

Current Resources: Approximately 844 personnel.

New closures: 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

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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