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Slide Fire News Release

Slide Fire Evening Update

Incident: Slide Fire Wildfire
Released: 5/22/2014

Slide Fire Update – 7 p.m.

May 22, 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.

Today:

Crews continued to hold the fire west of Highway 89A and south of Fry Canyon. A small spot fire occurred across the northern line into an area that was previously thinned in 2006. Because this area was previously treated, the spot fire was unable to grow and crews quickly extinguished it. Hotshot crews also worked to create fire line across the Pumphouse Wash near the Hwy 89A ‘switchbacks’ to control the east flank and prevent further spread east. Winds increased to 18-22mph with gusts of 32, temperatures were in the 70s. As the day continued to warm, firefighters saw an increase in fire behavior, with the most active portion of the fire toward the northwest to Harding Point. Firefighters observed active fire in the East Pocket area, but previously dropped retardant was able to help control growth.

Tonight:

Firefighters will be working throughout the lower canyon to monitor fire activity and conduct burnout operations as necessary. Overnight downslope winds will likely continue to drive the fire down canyon. Erratic winds may also be present producing moderate to high fire behavior. Crews will continue to work along FSR 535 and FSR 231 preparing for additional burnout operations tomorrow.

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.

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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Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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