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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.

As of Sat, May 24 the Woods Fire in the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest was fully contained and 88 acres in size. No structures or power lines were damaged or threatened and no injuries were reported.

Officials have determined that the fire was caused by an illegal and escaped campfire outside of developed campgrounds while Stage I fire restrictions were in place. An investigation is ongoing.

For more info, see www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.

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.

National Park Service

The lightning-caused Galahad Fire is slowly burning on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports, National Park officials are letting the 223-acre fire burn.

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.