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KNAU and Arizona News
10:39 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Thursday Update: Woods Canyon Fire

Thu, May 22 – 10:21 a.m.

The Woods Canyon Fire on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in the Black Mesa Ranger District is currently at 88 acres and 40 percent containment. Officials say dozer and handlines have been created on the east and west sides of the fire, but crews are still battling spot fires on the north side. The fire is located about 22 miles west of Heber-Overgaard.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:21 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Fighting the Slide Fire

Credit Ryan Heinsius

More than 800 personnel have streamed in from around the country to fight the Slide Fire. And, a makeshift village has cropped up in the staging area at Ft. Tuthill south of Flagstaff. Here are some scenes from Thursday morning as crews mobilized for a third day of battling the blaze.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Hundreds Of Firefighters Battle The Slide Fire

The Slide Fire looms in the background as some Flagstaff residents voluntarily evacuate their homes.
Credit Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun

A massive wildfire continues to burn outside of Flagstaff this morning. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, hundreds of firefighters from across the nation have joined the fight.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:57 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Residents of Kachina Village and Forest Highlands Put on Alert

The Slide Fire viewed from Flagstaff.
Credit Brian Sanders

As a result of the 4,500-acre Slide Fire, the communities of Kachina Village and Forest Highlands have been given pre-evacuation notice. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the announcement came with several other advisories concerning the fire.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Type 1 Incident Team Takes Over Slide Fire Management

The Slide Fire as seen from the Oak Creek Vista Wednesday morning.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Strong winds and steep terrain are challenging crews fighting the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon south of Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports from Flagstaff, a Type 1 Incident Management Team has taken control of the fire that has grown dramatically since first being reported Tuesday afternoon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:42 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Pre-Evac Warning Issued For 2 Flagstaff Neighborhoods

The Slide Fire burning in Oak Creek Canyon
Credit azcentral.com

A wildfire burning in Oak Creek Canyon is now threatening the city of Flagstaff. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports that strong winds are pushing the fast-moving blaze up steep canyon terrain toward several wooded neighborhoods.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:32 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Slide Fire: Wednesday Updates

The Slide Fire as seen from the Oak Creek Vista Wednesday morning.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Wednesday update, 4:30 p.m.:

According to forest officials, the Slide Fire is now estimated to be 4,500 acres and is zero percent contained. It's burning northward into the West Fork and Harding Point areas.

The fire has reached Pumphouse Wash in Oak Creek Canyon. Officials say that if it crosses Forest Road 237, evacuation for Kachina Village and Forest Highlands will be recommended.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:58 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Oak Creek Canyon Fire Triggers Evacuations Near Slide Rock

According to the Coconino National Forest, an approximately 20-acre Slide Fire has caused the announcement of evacuation orders for areas of Oak Creek Canyon north of Slide Rock State Park. According to the Arizona Daily Sun, Highway 89 is closed at the Oak Creek Overlook and may soon close near Ft. Tuthill in Flagstaff. The Slide Fire was reported around 4 p.m. today and is burning on the north side of the highway near Slide Rock State Park.

KNAU and Arizona News
2:45 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Brush Fire Closes I-17 Near Sunset Point

Traffic/Fire Alert:
ADOT reports that I-17 is closed in both directions near Sunset Point north of Phoenix due to a brush fire. The freeway is closed from mile marker 254 northbound, to mile marker 262 southbound. No word yet as to the size of the fire or when I-17 may reopen. You can find more information at az511.gov or follow ADOT's Facebook page and Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT).

KNAU and Arizona News
2:22 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Prescott National Forest to Begin Stage II Fire Restrictions

As a result of increasing fire danger, the Prescott National Forest will implement Stage II fire restrictions beginning Fri, May 23. Under the restrictions, building, maintaining attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or stove fire is prohibited. This applies to all developed campgrounds and improved sites.

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