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The Slide Fire is approximately 10,609 acres.

Slide Fire burn area as of Saturday May 24The weather conditions in the area of the Slide Fire remained fairly stagnant this morning. The failure of the air inversion to lift has grounded observation aircraft and prohibited the use of helicopters for aerial ignition. Line crews will continue to burnout by hand the area between the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon and Forest Road 535.

Mop up is continuing around structures in Oak Creek Canyon. Because of fire conditions Coconino County has instituted a ban on open burning on County public lands and private lands in the unincorporated areas of Coconino County. The ban went into effect at 10:30 a.m. Friday May 23 and will remain in effect until fire danger conditions subside. Further information on this ban may be found at www.coconino.az.gov.

The Incident Management Team expresses their sincere thanks for donations which were received in support of our firefighters. However they request that future donations be made to charities like United Way, the American Red Cross, Coconino and Yavapai Search and Rescue, or other local charitable organizations.

Firefighters working the Slide Fire are well supplied and need no further clothing and food items. Individuals wanting to donate their time should contact the Northern Airzona United Way at (928) 773-9813 or www.nazunitedway.org.

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The fire is human caused, under investigation.

Approximately 300 structures, private homes, vacation resort cabins, and a Forest Service lookout tower are threatened. To date no structures have been lost.

For coverage of the Friday meeting, see the Wednesday, May 28, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

For full coverage, photos of the fire, including exclusive photos from the Incident Command center at Slide Rock State Park, aerial photos and photos submitted by residents and hikers in the area, see the Friday, May 23, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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