Slide Fire

KNAU and Arizona News
9:22 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Gunshots, Whistles and Cellphones: Age-Old Challenges in Emergency Communication

The Slide Fire started in Oak Creek Canyon and quickly spread north toward Flagstaff. This photo was taken on the second day of the fire when it was still only a couple hundred acres in size.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Slide Fire burned more than 21,000 acres in Oak Creek Canyon and forced hundreds of people to evacuate. For more than a week in May, the fire even threatened Flagstaff, the most populous city in northern Arizona. So the folks at Arizona Public Radio wondered, “What is the city’s emergency plan, and how has it changed from its early pioneer days?”

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Earth Notes
4:07 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Earth Notes: The Slide Fire’s Mosaic of Impacts

The State Route 89A switchbacks in Oak Creek Canyon after the Slide Fire. Large areas of steep terrain were severely burned in May.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

In late May of this year, wildfire swept through upper Oak Creek Canyon in northern Arizona. By the time firefighters contained it in early June, the Slide Fire had burned some 22,000 acres of chaparral, mixed conifers, and ponderosa pine forest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

With Rain on the Way, Oak Creek Canyon Forest Land to Close Thursday

A severely burned area in Oak Creek Canyon as a result of the Slide Fire, just north of Slide Rock State Park.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Recently, Coconino National Forest officials announced that all forest lands in Oak Creek Canyon will close due to high flooding danger. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, with rain predicted later in the week, the start date of the closure has been moved up.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Aggressive Treatments Underway for Slide Fire Burn Areas

A helicopter drops straw mulch on a severely burned area north of Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

This week, the Coconino National Forest began an aggressive treatment of Oak Creek Canyon’s most severely burned areas from the Slide Fire. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one part of that process is so-called heli-mulching.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:04 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Coconino National Forest Wildfires Fully Contained

According to officials with the Coconino National Forest, three recent wildfires have been totally suppressed.

The Junipine Fire, which began in Oak Creek Canyon Monday, was fully contained as of Tuesday evening. An infrared flyover determined that the fire never grew beyond seven acres.

The Whip Fire, which ignited Tuesday afternoon at the base of Mt. Elden in Flagstaff, was also fully contained Tuesday. It measured only 1/5 of an acre.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Local Specialists Assess Fallout from the Slide Fire

A part of the Slide Fire's burn area among the steep cliffs of Oak Creek Canyon.
Credit Courtesy photo

With the Slide Fire fully contained, the burned areas of Oak Creek Canyon still pose risks to people and structures. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, officials with the Coconino National Forest have sent in the Burned Area Emergency Response Team to assess the damage.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:50 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Brain Food: Hydrologic Systems And Forest Restoration

Hydrogeologist, Abe Springer and student researcher, Karissa Ramstead in the field
Credit Ecological Restoration Institute

Many scientists say intense wildfires, like the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon, underscore the urgency for forest restoration. Hydrogeologist Abe Springer studies how forest treatments, like thinning and prescribed burns, are impacting natural water systems. He say 80-85 percent of precipitation evaporates or transpires in northern Arizona's over crowded forests. Most of the rest runs off with very little left to recharge the aquifers.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:05 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Slide Fire Update

The Slide Fire viewed from Oak Creek Vista on May 21.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Final Slide Fire Update, 2:15 p.m., Wed, June 4:

The Slide Fire is now 100 percent contained and 21,227 acres. To date the cost of fighting the fire is $10.1 million.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

A Look Inside Oak Creek Canyon After the Slide Fire

The Slide Fire burn area just north of Slide Rock State Park where the blaze began.
Credit Aaron Granillo

Now that the smoke has settled and the most of the flames are out, we’re getting our first good look at how the Slide Fire changed the landscape of Oak Creek Canyon. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo tours the canyon where the fire scorched more than 33 square miles.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:05 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Slide Fire Updates

The Slide Fire in its beginnings shot from the Oak Creek Vista on Wed, May 21.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Update, 8 a.m., Thu, May 29:

The Slide Fire is now 55 percent contained and 21,067 acres. Crews continue mop-up operations and chipping and rehabilitation work. All burnouts are complete and crews are beginning to leave the area. Also, smoke levels are expected to decrease.

At 1 p.m. today, the mandatory evacuation order will be lifted for Oak Creek Canyon.

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