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Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by outdoor_lover » May 20 2014 11:28 pm

Update on the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon....
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/3874/21919/
perminate --> http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3874/

10:00 News reported 500 Acres so far with a Type 1 Team arriving in the Morning...30 MPH Winds expected tomorrow with 0% Containment to this Point. Human Caused.... ](*,) I was up in this area over the Weekend and it is tinder box dry up there!

Badger Fire near Sunset Point is 50% Contained at 200 Acres...Also Human Caused...
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3875/
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Post by Al_HikesAZ » May 21 2014 11:30 am

Looks like the Slide fire is burning at the confluence of Oak Creek and the West Fork of Oak Creek.
A spot burn from the Slide fire this morning caught at the confluence of Oak Creek and the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon.

It has since blazed up the canyon wall from the bottom of the West Fork and is pushing out onto the flats above the canyon near Harding Point. Fire officials are saying the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon is the new front of the Slide fire.

The blaze has likely doubled in size, reaching as many as 1,000 acres, but it’s exact dimensions are unknown until overflights can be completed.

Air attack is limited in the West Fork because of the steep, rugged canyon terrain. Winds are also hindering air attack efforts at this time. Fighting the fire on the flat terrain will be easier.

“Were not going to put personnel out in front of that,” said Captain Bill Morse of the Flagstaff Fire Department.

The fire is now spreading north-northwest of Harding Point.
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/a-m-up ... f887a.html
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by azbackpackr » May 21 2014 3:17 pm

I saw the plume a few minutes ago when driving down 64 from Grand Canyon to Williams.
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by chumley » May 21 2014 3:32 pm

Here's some real info via Coconino NF: Perimeter map and progression.
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by outdoor_lover » May 21 2014 4:01 pm

Yep, a Friend of mine posted and stated that it is now going up the West Fork as well.... :(
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by chumley » May 21 2014 4:30 pm

From the reports I've seen, it basically jumped the West Fork canyon and didn't burn into it. It's burning in the pines above it.
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by ddgrunning » May 21 2014 4:45 pm

@chumley
I hope you are right ... :scared:

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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by ddgrunning » May 21 2014 4:55 pm

This site is providing updates on the fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3874/

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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by whereveriroam » May 21 2014 5:54 pm

With the S-SW winds driving this fire, it'll head into Flagstaff. The command center is at Ft. Tuthill, not good. Chance of rain this weekend is 20-40%. Pray for rain if not this fire is just getting started )-:

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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by azbackpackr » May 21 2014 6:52 pm

I'm okay with them closing it all down tight as a drum. I can ride my bike in town, swim, etc. I'd rather have that than all these yahoos running around, thinking they have to have campfires.
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by Jim_H » May 21 2014 7:03 pm

I normally don't say this, but I hope it doesn't burn too far to the west. it appears to have come down to East Pocket and burned the AB Young, and then the Barney Tract is a few miles west. That would do well to have a fire after some raking and thinning. See my photo set from 2011.
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by joebartels » May 21 2014 7:45 pm

Gummo is posting flower photos and you're talking fire suppression :scared:
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by RowdyandMe » May 21 2014 8:22 pm

With all the fires burning and a bad drought, I was surprise to see so many fireworks in stores. More fires more than likely, so sad.
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by Jim_H » May 21 2014 9:08 pm

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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by outdoor_lover » May 22 2014 10:56 am

I guess it's pretty much Official, West Fork is torched...It's being described as "totally gone, like a Bomb hit it"....If they ever catch the guy that did this, they better put him in a Bullet Proof Vest, there are a lot of angry people out there....
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by matthewkphx » May 22 2014 11:04 am

Outdoor Lover wrote:I guess it's pretty much Official, West Fork is torched...It's being described as "totally gone, like a Bomb hit it"....If they ever catch the guy that did this, they better put him in a Bullet Proof Vest, there are a lot of angry people out there....
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Can you provide a link to reporting on the condition of West Fork? I haven't been able to find anything online. Thanks.

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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by Grasshopper » May 22 2014 11:38 am

"Fire Progression Map" as of 2pm on 5/21/14:
Slide Forest Fire Progression Map 05.22.2014.pdf
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by outdoor_lover » May 22 2014 11:43 am

@clean
Nothing on the Official News Report or Inciweb yet. Initial Reports are that it jumped the Canyon, but people that are there are reporting in that it's gone now...It's hearsay I suppose, but a lot of people know people that are working that Fire so I would be surprised if the reports are inaccurate. A Photographer Friend of mine that lives on Oak Creek stated that he saw it this morning and I was quoting his Post. I'm not sure how he saw it in person as I imagine that area is all closed up, or maybe he was seeing Photos that Crews took, I'm not sure. But there are enough people that live up there that are reporting it that I'm thinking that it's an accurate assessment at this Point. I guess it's not totally Official until it's actually on the News, but everything I'm hearing points to the worst....
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Re: Slide Fire - Oak Creek Canyon - Sedona

Post by Al_HikesAZ » May 22 2014 12:12 pm

Breaking news from the Arizona Daily Sun
Meanwhile, crews are dropping fire "ping pong balls" into the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon, as they conduct backburns in hopes of saving the pristine region. The small, incendiary devices are commonly used in prescribed burning activities.

"They're going to be doing burnout operations today in that area and dropping fire ping pong balls back there to do dispersed burnouts," said Brady Smith, spokesperson for the Coconino National Forest. He added that there are a large number of green pockets in the lush canyon however, which will make burnouts difficult.

The western extent of the fire in West Fork remains unclear. The latest fire maps have the blaze extending to just before the narrow Insomnia and Illusions slot canyons.
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/a-m-up ... 963f4.html

AB Young Trail is toast.
Damage to the AB Young Trail is said to be "significant," according to Coconino National Forest officials.
Inciweb has a fire map as of about 1100 this morning. Go to satellite view and zoom in to get an idea of the damage to West Fork of Oak Creek.
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