OAK CREEK CANYON, AZ - Crews are getting the upper hand on a wildfire burning north of Sedona.
Brady Smith, spokesman for the Coconino National Forest, said the Slide Fire was reported just before 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The blaze is burning on the north side of Highway 89 in Oak Creek Canyon near Slide Rock State Park.
This is the latest information on the fire from the Coconino National Forest (MAY 29 9 a.m.)
Size: Approximately 21,067 acres
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.
Law Enforcement is seeking any information the public may have regarding the start of the Slide Fire and anyone of suspicion in the area on the day the fire started 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.
Injuries: Minor injured reported, per Incident Command PIO.
Current Resources: Approximately 676 personnel
New closures: The Coconino National Forest has issued an emergency closure on all National Forest System lands within the area of the Slide Fire on the Coconino National Forest, in Coconino and Yavapai Counties. To view the Order and map of the fire closure area, go to the USDA website.
Closures still in place:
- Highway 89A from Sedona to Vista Overlook
- 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 UPDATE: The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office will reopen US 89A at Slide Rock State Park to residents only at 1 p.m. May 29. Only verified residents will be allowed past the roadblock. For additional information please call the Coconino Information Center (EOC) at (928) 679-4173 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Coconino County is reminding people to register their cellphone number with the County’s CodeRED emergency notification system here . Only those residents whose numbers are registered will receive a direct phone call about any type of pre- or mandatory evacuation order.