Community Meeting about Slide Fire at 4:00 PM Today, Sedona Red Rock High School

Attached is a Press Release about the Slide Fire and Community Meeting to be held today at 4:00 PM at the Performing Arts Center of the Sedona Red Rock High School.

Press Release-Public Meeting Slide Fire 5-23-2014

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A Letter to Our Community from Fire Chief Kris Kazian on May 22, 2014 – Re: Slide Fire

Attached below is a Press Release with a letter to our community from Sedona Fire District Fire Chief Kris Kazian. Please read. Thank you for your kindness, compassion, and support!

Press Release 5-22-14 Slide Fire Letter from chief

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SFD No Longer Needs Food and Water Donations! The Sedona community is the best. Thank you very much!

Sedona Fire District is happy to say that we have received enough food and water donations at this time. We are extremely grateful to the community for this outpouring of support and are amazed by how wonderfully giving Sedona is! If you want to donate food and water,  please contact either the Sedona Food Bank or the Red Cross. They will need donations for the possible evacuees of this fire. Contact information for the Red Cross is below.

If you want to help our SFD Firefighters and our community directly, SFD is establishing a Community Wildland Prevention Fund. Proceeds will be used by SFD for programs within our community directly related to reducing the potential for wildland fires.  As soon as we have the information for how to donate, we will post it on our website.

Thank you for everything you are doing. Sedona is the best!!!

American Red Cross / Trudy Thompson Rice

602-321-2173

Trudy.thompsonrice@redcross.org

 

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***Slide Fire Information Site*** Updated 5/21/14 at 1:30 PM

Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon – U.S. Forest Service Afternoon Update on 5/21/14

Posted Date: 5/21/2014 12:30 PM

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.

Overview: Firefighters are concentrating on keeping the fire west of Highway 89A, minimizing impacts to structures and utilizing terrain and fuel features to fight the fire. Smoke is heavy through Oak Creek Canyon and creating very hazy conditions in Flagstaff as the smoke moves mostly in a northern directly. Smoke will likely continue to drift north and be noticeable along I-17 as motorists approach northern Arizona.

Winds are expected to be approximately 10-12 mph in Oak Creek Canyon today and gusts of 30 mph above the rim of the canyon.

A Type I Incident Management Team has been ordered and is expected to arrive at approximately 3 p.m. Public information will be handled by the team and new points of contact for Slide Fire information will be sent to members of the media once the team is established.

Law Enforcement is seeking any information the public may have regarding the start of the Slide Fire and anyone of suspicion in the area yesterday between Slide Rock State Park and Half Way Picnic Area. The public should call Forest Service Law Enforcement at 928-527-3511 if they have any information that might assist law enforcement in the investigation.

Information regarding the Slide Fire will be updated on Inciweb as it becomes available: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3874/

Size: Current official size is 850 acres. However, acreage is expected to grow throughout the day and reach approximately 1,000 to 2,000 acres by nightfall. An accurate acreage count is usually determined by overflights that are conducting at night, so the next official acreage may not be available until the following morning of the flights.

Containment: 0%

Location: Originated just about 4 to 5 miles north of Sedona, just north of Slide Rock State Park.
Date Reported: Tuesday, May 20 at approximately 4 p.m.

Cause: Human caused, under investigation

Current Resources: Approximately 200 personnel including five hotshot crews, three air tankers, three helicopters, one air attack, 10 engines, two water tenders, Sedona Fire, a fuels crew and two dozers.

Ordered Resources: One Type 1 Incident Management Team, 15 hotshot crews, 10 Initial Attack crews, 40 engines, one light helicopter and additional overhead personnel.

Closures:
Highway 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff
Forest Road (FR) 535 at Highway 89A
FR 533 at Highway 89A
FR 231 at Rogers Lake
FR 527 and 530 (west side; Volunteer Canyon area)
Casner Mountain is closed to all vehicles.

Evacuations: An approximate 2 to 3-mile stretch of area from Slide Rock State Park north toward the Sterling Springs Hatchery has been evacuated, as well as the East Pocket Forest Service Lookout Tower. Evacuees are being relocated to Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff. There is no count as to how many individuals have been evacuated.

Structures Threatened: Approximately 100 structures are currently threatened north of Slide Rock State Park, which include private homes as well vacation resort cabins and a Forest Service Lookout tower.

Injuries: No injuries reported.

Click on the link below for information on the Slide Fire.

Slide Fire Information Site

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Evacuation Information for Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon on 5/20/14

If you have been evacuated from Oak Creek Canyon, emergency shelter has been set up by the Red Cross, as follows:

For Residents:

Sinagua Middle School, 3950 E. Butler Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Phone: 928-527-5500

For Campers:

Fort Tuthill, Off Highway 89A South of Flagstaff

Red Cross: 602-336-6660

 

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Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon – Information and Link

Please click on the link below for information regarding the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. This fire is north of Slide Rock and Highway 89A was closed at approximately 4:15 PM.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/3874/21917/

The Slide Fire, reported just before 4 p.m. yesterday (5/20/14), is currently estimated to be 400-450 acres, located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, up the canyon. We were just informed that Forest Service Road 152 (Devil’s Bridge, Vultee Arch road) is now closed.

A Type I Incident Management Team has been ordered and is expected to arrive at approximately 3:00 p.m. today.

Information will be updated at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/3/.  Please select Slide Fire to view information.

Containment: 0%

Location: Originated just north of Slide Rock State Park, approximately 4 to 5 miles north of Sedona.

Cause: Human caused, under investigation

Current Resources: Approximately 200 personnel including five hotshot crews, three helicopters, one air attack, 10 engines, two water tenders, Sedona Fire, a fuels crew and two dozers.

Ordered Resources: One Type 1 Incident Management Team, one air tanker en route, 15 hotshot crews, 10 Initial Attack crews, 40 engines and additional overhead personnel.

Closures: State Route 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff. Forest Road 152 (Devil’s Bridge, Vultee Arch road) in Sedona. Forest Road 535 off State Route 89A.  Power has been shut off by APS from Slide Rock, north through the canyon.

Evacuations: An approximate 2 to 3-mile stretch of area from Slide Rock State Park north toward the Sterling Springs Hatchery has been evacuated, as well as the East Pocket Forest Service Lookout Tower. Evacuees are being relocated to Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff.

Structures Threatened:  Approximately 100 structures are currently threatened north of Slide Rock State Park, which include private homes as well vacation resort cabins and a Forest Service Lookout tower.

For more on Arizona highway conditions visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. Updates are also available on the ADOT Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT) and on Facebook.

Point of Contact for Media inquiries: Bill Morse 928-699-4497.

ADOT updates can be found here.

 

 

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Update: Cancellation of Emergency Warning Siren Testing

Due to the Slide Fire, and for obvious reasons, the emergency siren testing previously scheduled for tomorrow (5/22/14) at 10:00 AM is cancelled. The sirens functioned appropriately yesterday when they were used in an actual emergency.

Sedona Fire District will test the emergency warning sirens in Uptown Sedona and in Oak Creek Canyon on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 10:00 AM. For more information about the sirens and the “Code Red” notification system, please read the Press Release below.

 

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Press Release: 2014 SFD Fire Board Election

Attached is a Press Release announcing the 2014 Fire Board election.

Press Release 2014 – Fire Board General Election

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Press Release: Yard Cleanup Event 2014

Attached below is the Press Release with details of this year’s cleanup event – bring your yard debris to Station No. 4 in Uptown on May 16, 17, or 18, 2014.

Press Release-Cleanup 2014

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Press Release: West Sedona School Bike Rodeo 2014

Sedona Fire District will help the students of West Sedona School with bicycle safety on Friday, May 2, 2014. Please see the attached Press Release for details.

Bike Rodeo WSS 2014 Pre-Event

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