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KNAU and Arizona News
6:38 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

Slide Fire Pre-Evacuation Warning Will Be Lifted Monday

According to the Coconino County Sheriff's office, the pre-evacuation warning for Kachina Village and Forest Highlands will be lifted on Mon, May 26 at noon. This is dependent on fire conditions, but crews have made considerable progress on the western flank of the fire along Hwy. 89A.

Mandatory evacuations remain in place in Oak Creek Canyon from Slide Rock State Park to Sterling Springs Hatchery.

KNAU and Arizona News
12:27 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Coconino Board of Supervisors Bans Fires in Unincorporated Areas of the County

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has approved a ban on all fires on public and private lands in the unincorporated areas of the county effective immediately. The prohibition will remain until the danger of wildfire decreases.

The ban applies to all open fires, campfires and other pyrotechnic displays. The Board of Supervisors had previously banned the use and sale of fireworks in the county.

KNAU and Arizona News
12:09 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Favorable Weather Conditions Aid Crews Battling the Slide Fire

Incident commander Tony Sciacca at Friday's morning briefing at Ft. Tuthill.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Crews continue to battle the 7,500-acre Slide Fire near Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, favorable weather could bring some relief in fighting the fire that’s now 5 percent contained.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:38 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Tonto National Forest to Enact Tighter Fire Regulations Friday

As a result of drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger, officials have announced elevated fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning Fri, May 23 at 8 a.m. The new restrictions prohibit virtually all fire or fire-causing activities in the forest. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is banned.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:51 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Officials Report Progress in Fighting the Slide Fire

Flagstaff Fire Captain Bill Morse gives an update on Thursday morning at the Ft. Tuthill staging area in Flagstaff.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Crews are making progress battling the Slide Fire burning near Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the blaze is now estimated to be more than 4,800 acres in size.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:35 am
Thu May 22, 2014

American Red Cross Aids Slide Fire Evacuees

As the Slide Fire continues to burn in Oak Creek Canyon, some evacuees are utilizing an emergency shelter in Flagstaff. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.

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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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Fire Season 2014
6:33 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Meteorologist Lee Born On The Slide Fire Plume And Air Quality

A view from space of the Slide Fire plume
Credit NOAA

The Slide Fire burning in Oak Creek Canyon - and now on the outskirts of Flagstaff - is being fueled by dry conditions and strong winds. Many communities near the blaze are experiencing extremely smoky conditions and ash fallout. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris spoke with meteorologist Lee Born about the fire's effect on air quality.

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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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