Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., June 14, 2021 — The Slate Fire, located 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff along both the east and west sides of Highway 180, is now at 10,677 acres and 23 percent containment.
A Forest Order was issued Saturday closing parts of the forest located near the fire for safety reasons.
Windy and active wildfire conditions, along with burnout operations conducted last week, are the main factors in the growth of the fire, which is moving in a western direction.
Crews plan to spend the early part of this week securing existing control lines as well as conducting surveys of heritage and cultural sites in the area. Crews also plan to keep a watch out for spot fires that may spark south of control lines, and will perform bucket work with helicopters on scene as needed, depending on how spot fires behave.
Highway 180 will remain closed between mileposts 235 and 248 for the foreseeable future due to smoke impact and crew work in the area. Crews will need to remove potentially hazardous dead trees alongside the road before the stretch of 180 can be reopened.
Crews continue to secure Cedar Ranch, and several recreation sites in the area remain closed, including the Red Mountain and Slate Mountain trailheads, Kendrick Cabin and a portion of the Arizona Trail from Kelly Tank (mile 603.3) to Cedar Ranch (mile 616.2).
About 140 personnel are currently assigned to the fire, including three Hotshot crews, one hand crew, nine engines, three water tenders, two dozers, two helicopters and miscellaneous overhead.
The fire was called in by a Coconino County Sheriff's Officer at 3 a.m., and the cause is still under investigation. Motorists should avoid Highway 180 north of Kendrick Park, and visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park should use Highway 64 from Williams to access the entrance to the Park.Details about the Slate Fire will be posted on InciWeb, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
SLATE FIRE OVERVIEW: