FACTS: What's in Oak Creek Canyon and why is a fire so concerning?

As the Slide Fire continues to burn in Northern Arizona, here are some facts about Oak Creek Canyon, where the blaze is centered.

LOCATION: A canyon along the Mogollon Rim between Flagstaff and Sedona well known for its scenic beauty, and often called a "little" Grand Canyon.

SIZE: Oak Creek Canyon is 12 miles long. At its widest, the canyon is about 2.5 miles. At its deepest, the canyon is 2,000 feet.

WHAT'S IN THE CANYON: Oak Creek Canyon is within the Coconino National Forest. Parts of the canyon are used for camp grounds while other areas are privately owned and used as cabins and hotels. Slide Rock State Park is home to a natural water slide along Oak Creek and is a popular tourist destination. It has been named one of the top 5 most scenic drives in America by Rand McNally.

FIRE DANGER: Because the canyon is so deep and narrow, it's prone to high winds and thus causes a high fire danger. Stiff terrain and cliff-face walls make fires tough to fight.

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