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The Slide Fire has now burned 20,328 acres north of Sedona. The fire is 35 percent contained

Slide Fire has burned more than 20,000 acres.During Memorial Day fire crews burned out along the Woody Mountain Road, completing the final perimeter burnout around the fire. Over the course of the fire, fire personnel constructed approximately 40 miles of line to form a containment perimeter around the fire. Work was also completed in the removal of hazard trees along Highway 89A. These trees were damaged by the fire and deemed a safety risk to travelers.

Resources include 1081 personnel, 28 crews, 58 engines, nine helicopters, two air attack planes, and other resources which are not assigned but available to the incident such as heavy air tankers.

On Tuesday crews will work on holding the containment line along the west edge of the fire and burn out patches of unburned land within the fire line. All firing will be conducted to create low intensity fire on the landscape in a manner where fire managers have more influence on the ultimate outcome.   Crews will also be patrolling and mopping up other parts of the fire line to assure the fire stays within containment boundaries. No threats to the fire line are anticipated today.

Evacuations remain in place in Oak Creek Canyon from Slide Rock State Park to Sterling Springs Hatchery.

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  • whalewriter

    How can you categorize the effects of this tragic fire? Your poll attempts to do just that: evacuation, smoke, donation, or (?who cares, I am not affected??)

    The emotional toll of such a loss is devastating. We all feel it, and those fire scars will never be healed. Goodby, most beautiful drive in the state of Arizona; goodby, wildlife shelter and recreation haven, from the fish hatchery to Slide Rock State Park. A wonderful area has been forever altered by either carelessness or malice. My heart cries.

  • Ernest

    Any word on the repaving project scheduled on the 89a switchback area. Delayed, canceled?

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