The Slide fire is now 90% contained. Sedona's air quality is back to normal & healthy. Slow smoldering is expected through tomorrow. But the smoke is no longer unhealthy. Oak Creek Canyon is open from Uptown to Slide Rock State Park. But it remains closed from Slide Rock to Flagstaff. Lodges & restaurants located in "open zone" are open for business.
We are very thankful for the awesome job performed by Slide Fire Hot Shot firefighters. They immediately began meticulous protective measures around our most treasured Oak Creek Canyon areas: West Fork, Call of the Canyon, Pine Flat campgrounds, Junipine Resort. No buildings nor major injuries reported.
The fire started around 3p-4p on Tuesday, May 20 by someone leaving a very tiny fire unattended just north of Slide Rock Park near the Halfway Point Picnic area. When originally reported to authorities, it was only 1-3 acres. Today it spreads over 21,000 acres, 33 square miles. About the size of Cleveland, OH.
The day after fire started, over 1200 personnel arrived to contain it. Some from FDNY in New York City & other stealthy fire fighting teams across America. Today, 200 personnel continue monitoring its burn-out, paying careful attention to the perimeter line, so that no homes, businesses, buildings or people are harmed as it finishes burning.
The Firefighting Team's amazing heroism, respect for our forests, its animal inhabitants and people will never be forgotten. We are blessed.
The Slide Fire continues burning. 6 Miles North of Uptown Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon. We
are very saddened by this fire, burning through some of our most
cherished & pristine lands. Hot Shots are doing a fabulous job
preventing fire from swallowing homes, wildlife. We're very proud of
what they are doing. Oak Creek Canyon is treacherous terrain. West Fork, Bootlegger, Pine Flats & parts of Cave Springs campground are now lost. It will take decades for the forest to "regrow". Fire created by a careless camper or hiker.
The rest of Sedona is still beautiful, safe & open - including parts of Oak Creek Canyon on 89-A. See below "Open Areas" List. Or check out video at bottom of this page.
89-A Oak Creek Canyon highway is closed from Flagstaff to Sedona. However, the remaining areas of Sedona are open & safe from fire/flames. Uptown Sedona, West Sedona, Village of Oak Creek. Sedona's Red Rocks remain intact.
Tips For Sedona Travel
Give yourself plenty of time to get here. We expect high traffic this weekend. Since 89-A from Flagstaff to Sedona is closed, that leaves 2 Main routes into town.
Routes into Sedona:
(1) Take I-17 to Hwy 260 (Cottonwood) & turn RIGHT at 89-A. Fastest route to City of Sedona
(2) Take I-17 to Hwy 179 (Sedona). You'll drive past Village of Oak Creek, Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte rock formations before reaching City of Sedona.
My office is now located in Village of Oak Creek on Hwy 179. One block away from Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte rock formations.
Open Areas in Oak Creek Canyon
89-A from Flagstaff to Sedona is closed. Oak Creek campgrounds are closed. However, plenty of places
inside Oak Creek Canyon remain open through Memorial Day. From Uptown
Sedona to the Dairy Queen, Garland's, Indian Gardens, Briar Patch Inn, Slide Rock Lodge and Oak Creek
Terrace. The Trout Farm, Grasshopper Point &
Midgely Bridge Trailhead are all open.
Forest Service believes a person(s) caused Slide Fire. They've set up a
Tip Line to gain knowledge from the public. If you or someone you know
was near Slide Rock State Park from noon-3p on Tuesday, May 20, please
call Forest Service Law Enforcement at
Robin Amanda Kelley