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Slate Fire, burning north of Flagstaff, continues to grow; no structures threatened

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Posted at 8:30 AM, Jun 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-15 13:44:24-04

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — The Slate Fire burning in northern Arizona -- about 23 miles north of Flagstaff -- has grown to 11,012 acres, the United States Forest Service - Coconino County said.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire is 16% contained.

No structures are currently threatened, but recreation sites in the area, including Red Mountain trailhead, Slate Mountain trailhead, and Kendrick Cabin, are closed, from Cedar Ranch to Kendrick Park and a portion of the Arizona Trail from Kelly Tank, will remain closed while crews continue to fight the fire.

The U.S. Forest Service said Highway 180 has reopened after a week-long closure caused by the fire.

Officials ask drivers to reduce their speeds and be aware of crews still working in the area. Additional portions of the Coconino National Forest are closed to the public for their safety.

The fire was reported around 3 a.m. on Monday.

Nearly 190 personnel have been assigned to the fire.

It is one of a dozen wildfires that firefighters and hotshot crews are fighting in the state.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Telegraph Fire and the Mescal Fire, two of the most recent wildfires to start, are burning south of Phoenix, near Globe, Arizona.

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