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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Arizona Slide Fire, Oak Creek Canyon 05-22-14

Arizona Slide Fire
The Slide Fire, reported just before 4 pm May 20, is burning in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park.

Closures include Highway 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff and Forest Road 535 off Highway 89A. Power has been shut off by APS from Slide Rock, north through the canyon.

An approximate 2 to 3-mile stretch of area from Slide Rock State Park north toward the Sterling Springs Hatchery has been evacuated, as well as the East Pocket Forest Service Lookout Tower. Evacuees are being relocated to Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff. 

Current Situation

Total Personnel840
Size4,830 acres
Fuels InvolvedTimber, past fuel treatments in area
Fire BehaviorExtreme fire behavior has been observed.
Significant EventsFire retardant was used heavily in steep terrain yesterday along the west flank with good results.


Planned ActionsPotential burnout operations along upper 89A 'switchbacks' to hold the northeast fire flank. SE winds may increase fire behavior to the NW to Harding Point.
Growth PotentialPotentially active today to the NW near Harding Point.
Terrain DifficultySteep slopes, canyon, very difficult terrain

Efforts continue today on holding fire west of HWY 89A. Firing operations expected to continue.

Below are a few photos from Paul Fraser, mostly of Base camp. 
If you have ever visited the area its just North of Sedona by the twisty road way, a very rough and steep area. it will be a hard fire to fight.