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