Published on May 22nd, 2014 | by AZHG0
Slide Fire North of Sedona Growing, More Evacuations
The growing Slide Fire North of Sedona has precipitated a pre-evacuation notice for Kachina Village and Forest Highlands communities between Sedona and Flagstaff. The wildfire originated just about 4 to 5 miles north of Sedona, north of Slide Rock State Park forcing the evacuations of 100 homes and the closure of U.S. Highway 89A last Tuesday. Coconino National Forest officials say the wildfire has grown up to 4500 acres by Thursday, May 22.
Because of shifting winds, new concerns are that the fire could spill into Pumphouse Wash, where it could run north near Interstate 17 into Kachina Village, Mountainaire and Flagstaff and force even more evacuations. Officials said if the fire crosses Forest Road 237, evacuations in those two areas will be ordered.
Residents of Kachina Village and Forest Highlands should begin preparing in case of a mandatory evacuation notice. Sheriff’s staff will be in the Kachina and Forest Highlands areas contacting residents regarding the pre-evacuation notice. For questions or concerns call 928-679-4173 or visit http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=995
Fifteen additional Hotshot crews, 10 additional fire crews and 40 fire engines are being called to the fire on top of the five Hotshot crews and a top-level fire management team that were scheduled to arrive Wednesday to help 200 personnel, two Hotshot crews, two helicopters, one air attack, four engines, two water tenders, Sedona firefighters and a fuels crew already on the fire. In addition, Arizona Department of Corrections inmate fire crews are helping to battle the fire.
The heavy smoke from the slide fire is keeping people inside in Flagstaff and smoke has created a haze North of Flagstaff towards Page Lake Powell.