Slide Fire Near Sedona 75 Percent Contained
Brady Smith, U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest
Firefighters are still making progress on the Slide Fire burning north of Sedona.
The containment was at 55 percent yesterday, and 75 percent as of this morning, according to the latest update from the Forest Service. The size of the fire barely grew over yesterday, to about 21,200 acres.
Although there have been more than 1,000 people fighting the fire at times, there are currently more than 500 people working the fire, which has been burning for 10 days now.
The running tab on expenses related to fighting the fire is now up to $8.6 million.
Thanks to the containment of the fire, none of the 300 structures -- including many homes and vacation cabins -- that were believed to be endangered by the fire were damaged.
Firefighters were also able to keep the fire west of State Route 89A, although the highway is still closed, except for local traffic.
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