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Residents and business owners in Oak Creek Canyon will be allowed to return to their properties today at 1 p.m., as the Slide Fire -- the biggest blaze in the history of Coconino National Forest -- becomes little more than embers.

As of Thursday, May 29, the Slide Fire had burned 21,067 acres between Sedona and Flagatff

 

im Driscoll, chief deputy of the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, announced at a community meeting Wednesday, May 28, that the evacuation order was being lifted.

"You get to go home tomorrow," he told more than 120 people at the meeting. It was the second time in less than a week that a public meeting about the Slide Fire was held at Sedona Red Rock High School's Center for the Performing Arts.

As of Thursday, May 29, the Slide Fire had burned 21,067 acres over 10 days and cost more than $7 million to fight.

For more from the meeting, read the Friday, May 30, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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