Slide Fire North of Sedona Grows to 7,500 Acres

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Brady Smith, U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest
A photo taken yesterday on State Route 89A.


The wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon just north of Sedona, near Slide Rock State Park, is up to about 7,500 acres.

The firefighting effort, which now involves more than 800 people, has so far been able to keep the fire west of State Route 89A, which has been one of the goals of containing the fire.

See also:
-Thursday: Slide Fire North of Sedona Up to 4,500 Acres
-10 Worst Wildfires in Modern Arizona History

The highway, which provides one of the best drives in the state of Arizona, has been closed north of Sedona and south of Flagstaff since Tuesday due to its proximity to the fire. Coincidentally, part of that same stretch of highway was scheduled to be closed for five weeks, starting next week, for paving and rock containment.

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Fire map released yesterday morning.
In addition to the fire being kept west of State Route 89A, there have been no reports of any structures being damaged by the fire. The Forest Service has said that about 300 structures are threatened by the fire, and although there have been warnings of evacuations in a couple of subdivisions, they've only been warnings up to this point.

The Forest Service also estimates 5 percent containment of the fire, which is the first reported containment since the fire started.

Here's a summary from the Forest Service of what was going on yesterday:
Today (Thursday):
Crews continued to hold the fire west of Highway 89A and south of Fry Canyon. A small spot fire occurred across the northern line into an area that was previously thinned in 2006. Because this area was previously treated, the spot fire was unable to grow and crews quickly extinguished it. Hotshot crews also worked to create fire line across the Pumphouse Wash near the Hwy 89A 'switchbacks' to control the east flank and prevent further spread east. Winds increased to 18-22mph with gusts of 32, temperatures were in the 70s. As the day continued to warm, firefighters saw an increase in fire behavior, with the most active portion of the fire toward the northwest to Harding Point. Firefighters observed active fire in the East Pocket area, but previously dropped retardant was able to help control growth.

Tonight (Thursday):
Firefighters will be working throughout the lower canyon to monitor fire activity and conduct burnout operations as necessary. Overnight downslope winds will likely continue to drive the fire down canyon. Erratic winds may also be present producing moderate to high fire behavior. Crews will continue to work along FSR 535 and FSR 231 preparing for additional burnout operations tomorrow.
Fire investigators believe the fire is human-caused, but it looks like they're still trying to track down exactly what happened:
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.
On the next page, check out some great photos of the fire and firefighting efforts taken by Brady Smith, a public-affairs officer with the Forest Service:


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15 comments
Nolas Nad
Nolas Nad

it is a known fact that the government "hires" people to do things. There are many cases of riots and shootings being started over seas because american people were shooting off guns and rallying riots. What makes you think any different about these fires? The stupidest people seem to be government employed. No offense to you but you are calling me stupid and I pay you

Erika Plante
Erika Plante

This is so so sad- Sedona/flag is my other home. Thank you to all who are working so hard to save it!

Scott Kerr
Scott Kerr

hope there are no deaths, or injuries

Christopher Anderson
Christopher Anderson

The fire isn't getting worse, no spreading to the North, East or South. Some burning to the West. The firefighters are gaining ahold of it thanks to the humid air, less winds and cooler Temps. Get it right

Aida M. Scheck Medina
Aida M. Scheck Medina

As I am employed by the government and I see absolutely no disrespect whatsoever. We do is what is asked by the government regardless if we agree with them or not its our job. Fire by lightening strike is one thing but most of our fires are caused by humans so that means humans are getting more stupid don't tell me there is little we can do the problem is we have not done anything. Smokey the Bear died ages ago.

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

I'm sure that one or more liberal Democrats are responsible for setting the fire.

Howard Johnson
Howard Johnson

Give a little respect to the 19 men that died in Prescott. They were employed by the government.

Howard Johnson
Howard Johnson

This is only the beginning. Every year forest fires have continued to get worse. There is very little that anyone can do. The Rockies got pounded by snow this winter. Unfortunately, dead trees absorb 0 moisture. The Rockies too will burn this summer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_pine_beetle

George Parsons
George Parsons

These fires would be out by now if we had them. !!

George Parsons
George Parsons

Wtf happened to the big water tanker airplanes the government promise us to fight fired. ??

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