Slide Fire 5/29 Morning Update – 21,067 acres, 55% contained

2014_05_29-10.03.41.688-CDTIncident: Slide Fire Wildfire
Released: 4 hrs. ago

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: 21,067 acres

Containment: 55 percent

Date Reported: Tuesday, May 20 at approximately 4 p.m.

Cause: Human caused, under investigation.

Current Resources: Approximately 676 personnel.

Cost: 8 million dollars.

Yesterday: Crews continued work along Highway 89A to chip woody material for removal and patrol containment lines. Helicopters conducted water drops on interior ‘island’ pockets of fire activity in extreme rugged terrain. All burnout operations are complete.

Today: Crews on all areas of the fire perimeter will continue chipping, patrol, and rehabilitation efforts. Internal areas of yet unburned fuel may continue to smolder, producing light to moderate smoke.

Restrictions & Closures: Due to increasing fire danger, the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will implement Stage II fire restrictions effective Friday (5/30) at 8 a.m., for additional information please visit Arizona Fire Restrictions http://firerestrictions.us/az/

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://tinyurl.com/mzja5rd

Evacuations UPDATE: The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office will reopen US 89A at Slide Rock State Park to residents only at 1 p.m. May 29. Only verified residents will be allowed past the roadblock. For additional information please call the Coconino Information Center (EOC) at (928) 679-4173 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Closed Roads: Highway 89A from Sedona to Vista Overlook, 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) and Casner Mountain is closed to all vehicles.

Air Quality: For information on air quality, please visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website at: http://www.phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx

Source: InciWeb

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