Slide Fire

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.

Slide Fire Updates

May 29, 2014
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.

Tim McDonnell/Climate Desk

Last week, high winds carried embers beyond the Slide Fire’s containment lines. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, previous forest treatment projects helped keep the fire from spreading toward Flagstaff.

Ryan Heinsius

The Slide Fire has reached more than 20,000 acres in size and smoke has created dangerous breathing conditions in some areas. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the most harmful levels of air quality are expected for Sedona through the rest of the week.

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.