Saturday, May 24, 2014

Slide Fire grows; Woods Canyon contained


Firefighters continued to make progress Saturday battling the Slide Fire near Sedona, but rugged terrain was preventing them from getting to the firelines, and officials expect it to double in size before it comes under control.

Oak Creek Canyon and its campgrounds remain closed over the holiday weekend, with residents and businesses being told it could be a week before they are allowed to return.

And two communities between Sedona and Flagstaff placed on alert to evacuate if the fire gets close remained in limbo as fire officials said it was still too early to lift the warning.

The fire remained at 5 percent containment for a third day, with the blaze increasing to about 10,600 acres, according to fire officials.
The growth was expected.


A fire reported Wednesday morning near Woods Canyon Lake has consumed about 150 acres east of Payson but is now contained, according to a U.S. Forest Service statement.

The Woods Canyon Lake Fire was first reported at 10:15 a.m. and, by 4 p.m., it had crossed Forest Road 195 and grown to its current size, the statement says.

Cathy Dowd, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman, said resources on the scene include a heavy air tanker, two Type 3 helicopters, one Type 2 crew and several fire engines. Helicopters are dipping water from Woods Canyon Lake.

Dowd says additional resources have been ordered and that no structures are threatened at this time.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Woods Canyon Lake is a 35-mile drive east of Payson.

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