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Slide Fire has spread to 10,609 acres. Fire officials said at a public meeting yesterday at the Sedona Performing Arts Center that the fire could reach 20,000 acres.

The Slide Fire has spread to more than 10,000 acres.On the line: Approximately 975 personnel including 36 crews, 46 engines, three air tankers, nine helicopters, two air attack planes and other resources.

Last night crews performed firing operations along the north side of the fire to remove fuel along a power line which supplies electricity to Flagstaff. Night time firing operations were especially effective because lower temperatures, higher humidity, and calmer wind moderated fire behavior.

Air monitorMuch of the terrain in the canyon is steep and rugged, making conditions unsafe for firefighters. An outstanding example of the good work being done by firefighters was the treatment applied to the switchbacks on Highway 89A Thursday night and Friday. Hotshot crews built a containment line across the switchbacks, and brought fire downhill, burning out the west side of Oak Creek Canyon to the bottom. This low intensity backing fire removed fine fuels and ladder fuels, preventing fire from running upslope, and consuming forest vegetation in its path.

Today, firefighters are preparing line on the southwest side in anticipation of additional burnout operations. Along the northern perimeter crews will patrol and continue mop up of last night’s firing operations, while preparing for more burn out operations tonight. Chipping crews will chip brush and slash along the east side of the fire. Along the eastern flank, mop up of last night’s firing operations, monitoring, and structure protection will be the priorities for the day. Aircraft will support ground forces with water drops, and with PSD (perforated spherical device) firing operations.

Structure protection will continue in the Kachina Village and Forest Highlands areas.

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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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  • Peter Bloomer

    I would like to see a map of the burn area like the one seen on TV news casts, that aren't up long enough to get detail. Thank you

  • Peter Bloomer

    I would like to see a map of the burn area, like the one seen on TV news that isn't up long enough to see detail

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