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The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, up the canyon into places such as West Fork and Harding Point.Smoke fills Oak Creek Canyon need Slide Rock.

Slide Fire mapYesterday fire managers saw very active fire behavior including runs, spotting, and torching as the fire became established in the upper Sterling Canyon area.

Crews quickly responded with burnout operations along Forest Road 535 west to State Route 89A to the north. Fire retardant was also used heavily in steep terrain along the west flank with good results.

The fire transitioned to a Type I Incident Management Team at 9 p.m. bringing many additional resources to the fire.

Last night, cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity moderated fire behavior.

Crews completed burnout operations north of the fire. Today: Firefighters are concentrating on holding the fire west of Highway 89A and south of Fry Canyon. Firing operations will likely continue in these areas as crews work to hold work completed yesterday. Additional work may include potential firing operations along the upper State Route 89A switchbacks to hold the northeast fire flank.

Winds are forecast to be lighter today, with temperatures to be similar to yesterday. As the day warms, firefighters expect increased fire behavior, with the most active portion of the fire toward the northwest to Harding Point. Heavy smoke is likely again in the greater Flagstaff area. Residents and motorists are asked to use caution as visibility may be limited at times.

Containment is at 0%.

For full coverage, photos of the fire, including exclusive photos from the Incident Command center at Slide Rock State Park 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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