Slide Fire Near Sedona 100 Percent Contained
|Coconino National Forest|
More than two weeks after a fire was started near Slide Rock State Park north of Sedona, the Slide Fire is now completely contained.
The Forest Service reported 100 percent containment of the fire yesterday.
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Although the fire is completely contained, some areas within the perimeter might continue to burn, so the fire's not completely out.
The tab of fighting the fire ran up to $10.1 million, but there were no injuries, and 300 buildings initially thought to be threatened by the fire were all spared.
For comparison, the Slide Fire's size was more than 22,000 acres, which is more than 2.5 times larger than last year's Yarnell Hill Fire, which proved to be fatal for 19 wildland firefighters.
There's still no word on the investigation into the cause of the Slide Fire. Authorities have said it's human-caused, and have put out calls seeking the public's help in identifying the origin of the fire, or even anyone they saw at Slide Rock State Park that day who looked suspicious.
Despite the containment, many of the forest lands in the area remain closed, as does part of State Route 89A, between Sedona and Flagstaff, portions of which have been closed for more than two weeks now.
Below, check out a video from the Forest Service flying a helicopter south down State Route 89A. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from crossing the highway, so all the burned area is on the west side of the highway:
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