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Slate Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Randi Shaffer
Phone: 928-640-2774

Highlighted Activity

06/11/2021 Slate Fire at 6,248 acres, 17 percent containment
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., June 11, 2021 — The Slate Fire, located 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff along both the east and west sides of Highway 180, is now at 6,248 acres and 17 percent containment.Windy...
News - 06/11/2021

The Slate Fire is located in the Flagstaff Ranger District approximately 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff, adjacent to U.S. Highway 180.

Multiple resources are on scene conducting burnout operations along the west side of the highway, which will cause intermittent closures of the highway itself. Resources include approximately 130 personnel comprised of four hand crews, seven engines, two water tenders, two dozers, one helicopter and miscellaneous overhead. 

The fire was reported at 3 a.m. on June 7, 2021 by an officer with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday June 07th, 2021 approx. 03:00 AM
LocationApprox. 23 miles NW of Flagstaff, AZ, originating on Slate Mountain.
Incident CommanderJesse Causer
Coordinates35.492 latitude, -111.847 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel149
Size6,587 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained20%
Fuels Involved

Pine, juniper, grass, brush.


Planned Actions

Crews plan to spend the weekend conducting firing operations on the west side of Slate Mountain to bring the fire out to control lines. The firing operations are expected to last 24 to 48 hours, and will allow crews to hold control lines on the west side of Slate Mountain and then shift remaining resources to the east side of the fire. Crews also plan to utilize natural fuel breaks and allow the fire to burn thicker fuels.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dry, warm and windy conditions persist throughout week.