Slide Fire evacuations: Kachina Village, Forest Highlands preparing for evacuation

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Flagstaff-area authorities say evacuations ordered because of a wildfire burning in Oak Creek Canyon haven't expanded but that residents of two wooded residential areas south of Flagstaff should be prepared.

Officials held a meeting at the Forest Highlands Fire Station south of Flagstaff on Wednesday afternoon.

At a 1 p.m. press conference, officials said the fire has moved into Pumphouse Wash, prompting a pre-evacuation notice for the Kachina Village and Forest Highlands communities, both north of Oak Creek Canyon. If the flames cross Forest Service Road 237, just south of the communities, an official evacuation will be ordered.

Officials stressed to residents of both areas to be prepared to leave their homes at a moment's notice.

If an evacuation is ordered, residents will be notified by the "Code Red" system and by uniformed deputies.

The Red Cross has a shelter for residents at Sinagua Middle School (3950 East Butler Avenue) in Flagstaff. The Red Cross asks residents to bring all medications and items needed for multiple days.

"I'm so grateful. It takes a special kind of people to do this for people," said Sarah Mathe.

Officials say the shelter is open 24 hours a day.

Residents who have questions about the Slide Fire should call the Coconino County call center at 928-679-4173.

 

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