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Just hours before State Route 89A was opened to the public north to Pine Flats, nearly a dozen media outlets were able to see firsthand the aftermath of the Slide Fire.Seen from the Halfway Campground in Oak Creek Canyon, a burned ridge shows the devastation that occurred early in the hours of the Slide Fire, which has burned 21,227 acres and cost $9.9 million to fight. For more photos from the media tour of the Slide Fire burn area, see the June 4 Living Page 1B.

The tour — held the afternoon of Friday, May 30 — consisted of three stops within the canyon, which included Halfway picnic area, Junipine Resort and Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge.

As of press time, the fire had burned more than 21,200 acres and was 90 percent contained with 200 personnel on the scene. The blaze, which began May 20 and is under investigation, has cost $9.9 million to fight.

The media tour was led by representatives of the U.S. Forest Service who said the fire spread quickly through the canyon as a result of dry conditions and high winds.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 4, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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