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State Route 89A Closed Between Sedona and Flagstaff Due to Fire

May 21
13:51 2014

State Route 89A remains closed between Sedona and Flagstaff due to fire.

A wind-whipped fire near Slide Rock State Park in northern Arizona shut down a majority of the roadway and also forced evacuations of businesses and homes in Oak Creek Canyon on Tuesday.

ADOT recommends motorists avoid the area; Use I-17 and SR 179 as alternate routes. The 24-mile-long closure (mileposts 375-397) affects most of the highway. It is not known when the highway will reopen.

As of this report, 500 acres were charred in the blaze. It is unclear how the fire started which was reported at around 4:00 P.M, but by Tuesday evening officials say the fire had forced evacuations along a two-mile stretch north of the burn area.

The Slide Fire was burning on the western slope of the canyon across the creek from Highway 89A. Heavy smoke plumes were visible in the Slide Rock State Park area, which is a popular tourist and vacation spot.

Evacuations were ordered at West Fork, Pine Flat, Halfway, Cave Springs and other campgrounds and day-use areas in the upper canyon.

Fire Restrictions In Place for Memorial Day Weekend

To reduce the looming threat of summer wildfires following one of Arizona’s driest winters on record, officials have announced fire restrictions for many locations throughout Arizona. The restrictions take effect just as the busy Memorial Day weekend begins on Friday, May 23.

Fire danger conditions, local closures and restrictions are subject to change. Many of the state’s most popular destinations will be affected by the fire restrictions that take effect this Friday. Check your destination location before you head out to see which restrictions might affect your stay. Restrictions could very likely prohibit the following activities:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building
  • Possessing, using or discharging fireworks or pyrotechnic device
  • Discharging a firearm, except during a lawful hunt
  • Using explosives
  • Operating chainsaws or equipment with internal combustion engines
  • Using internal or external combustion engines without properly installed, approved, working spark arrestors
  • Welding and use of acetylene or other torches with open flame
  • Using or operating motor vehicles off forest system roads, except when parking within 10 feet of a road where there is no brush or vegetation, or overnight parking in developed campgrounds and trailheads

For more information about restrictions in specific locations, visit the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information website at http://wildlandfire.az.gov

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