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Slide Fire Update

May 27
16:03 2014

Slide Fire Update

As of early Tuesday, May 27, 2014, the Slide Fire is now reported as 35% contained and pre-evacuation orders have now been lifted for Forest Highlands and Kachina Village subdivisions. Lower temperatures and higher humidity made the fire less intense over the past few days and allowed firefighters to make some good progress in suppressing the blaze.

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 just about 4 to 5 miles north of Sedona. The size of the fire is now reported as 20,328 acres based on infrared photography taken on 5/26/14.

During Memorial Day crews burned out along the Woody Mountain Road, completing the final perimeter burnout around the fire. Over the course of the fire, fire personnel constructed approximately 40 miles of line to form a containment perimeter around the fire. Work was also completed in the removal of hazard trees along Highway 89A. These trees were damaged by the fire and deemed a safety risk to travelers.

On Tuesday crews will work on holding the containment line along the west edge of the fire and burn out patches of unburned land within the fire line. All firing will be conducted to create low intensity fire on the landscape in a manner where fire managers have more influence on the ultimate outcome. Crews will also be patrolling and mopping up other parts of the fire line to assure the fire stays within containment boundaries. No threats to the fire line are anticipated today.

In addition to holding the fire line within containment boundaries, crews will begin implementing fire rehabilitation guidelines provided by the Coconino National Forest. These guidelines provide direction in mitigating the impact of fire line construction across the fire.

Weather conditions will continue to warm and dry out as the high pressure ridge intensifies into Wednesday. Work was completed on the installation of two Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS). The placement locations were designed to provide additional weather date for fire managers to help them understand weather conditions across the fire and the impact those weather conditions will have on burning conditions.

The cause of the fire has been determined as human caused and is 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.

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