Slide Fire: Inmate crews assigned to fight blaze burning in Oak Creek Canyon

OAK CREEK CANYON, AZ - Department of Corrections officials say five inmate fire crews have been assigned to fight the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon.

On Wednesday, DOC spokesman Bill Lamoreaux said a total of 72 inmate firefighters and 12 Corrections supervisors have been dispatched to help contain the blaze.

The wildfire that erupted near Sedona Tuesday afternoon has grown to 4,500 acres and is continuing to threaten private homes and vacation cabins.

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