Slide Fire Near Sedona 90 Percent Contained
Coconino National Forest
The wildfire that started nearly two weeks ago near Slide Rock State Park, north of Sedona, is now 90 percent contained.
According to information released by the Forest Service, the fire was about 21,200 acres yesterday, about the same size it was two days prior. Officials don't expect the fire to spread outside of the perimeter established by firefighters.
At one point, there were 1,000 people working to stop the fire, which has gradually decreased, with about 200 people still working on it at this point.
Although the fire's almost completely contained, there have been some still-unburned areas within the perimeter, which have created more smoke.
Fire-fighting crews have still been working on that perimeter, and planned on doing more drops of water by helicopter throughout the day yesterday. The Forest Service should release a new update later this morning, and we'll update this post when that happens.
Despite the fire being 90 percent contained, part of State Route 89A remains closed, and the Forest Service has prohibited entry to the land identified in the map below:
Slide Rock is located near the southern end of the closed area.
None of the 300 structures initially believed to be endangered by the fire were damaged, which included homes and vacation cabins.
The estimated cost of fighting this fire is up to $9.3 million.
The fire, which has been identified as "human-caused" from its start, on the afternoon of May 20, is still listed as "under investigation."
Authorities haven't said much about this investigation, but have been seeking the public's help in identifying the origin of the fire, or even anyone they saw at Slide Rock State Park that day who looked suspicious.
UPDATE 11:29 a.m.: The size and containment of the fire remained the same overnight.
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