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Updates will be provided here on the Slate Fire.
From Coconino National Forest - June 15 at 10:29 a.m.:
Highway 180 has reopened following a week-long closure caused by the Slate Fire, which is located 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff and is now at 11,012 acres and at 16 percent containment.
While Highway 180 has reopened, motorists are asked to reduce their speeds and keep an eye out for crews still working in the area. Additional portions of the Coconino National Forest are closed to the public for safety reasons.
Adverse wind shifts Monday contributed to the spread of the fire, and crews spent the day using engines, hand crews, dozers, and helicopter water bucket drops to tend to spot fires on the south side of the fire.
Crews also took advantage of adverse winds by running a line of retardant on the west side of Missouri Bill Hill, followed by dozer and crew work Monday night in an effort to protect firefighter safety.
Crews plan to spend Tuesday continuing to secure Cedar Ranch with two engines while putting water on hot spots in the area. Additionally, resources will likely be relocated from the west side of Highway 180 to the southeast side of the fire. Work is still being done to survey archaeological sites in the area.
Several recreation sites in the area remain closed, including the Red Mountain and Slate Mountain trailheads, Kendrick Cabin and a portion of the Arizona Trail from Kelly Tank (mile 603.3) to Cedar Ranch (mile 616.2). A Forest Order was also issued over the weekend to close nearby parts of the Coconino National Forest.
About 190 personnel are currently assigned to the fire, including three Hotshot crews, two hand crews, nine engines, three water tenders, two dozers, two helicopters and miscellaneous overhead.
The fire was called in by a Coconino County Sheriff's Officer at 3 a.m., and the cause is still under investigation.
Details about the Slate Fire will be posted on InciWeb, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
SLATE FIRE OVERVIEW:
From Coconino National Forest - June 14 at 9:27 a.m.:
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., June 14, 2021 — The Slate Fire, located 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff along both the east and west sides of Highway 180, is now at 10,677 acres and 23 percent containment.
A Forest Order was issued Saturday closing parts of the forest located near the fire for safety reasons.
Windy and active wildfire conditions, along with burnout operations conducted last week, are the main factors in the growth of the fire, which is moving in a western direction.
Crews plan to spend the early part of this week securing existing control lines as well as conducting surveys of heritage and cultural sites in the area. Crews also plan to keep a watch out for spot fires that may spark south of control lines, and will perform bucket work with helicopters on scene as needed, depending on how spot fires behave.
Highway 180 will remain closed between mileposts 235 and 248 for the foreseeable future due to smoke impact and crew work in the area. Crews will need to remove potentially hazardous dead trees alongside the road before the stretch of 180 can be reopened.
Crews continue to secure Cedar Ranch, and several recreation sites in the area remain closed, including the Red Mountain and Slate Mountain trailheads, Kendrick Cabin and a portion of the Arizona Trail from Kelly Tank (mile 603.3) to Cedar Ranch (mile 616.2).
About 140 personnel are currently assigned to the fire, including three Hotshot crews, one hand crew, nine engines, three water tenders, two dozers, two helicopters and miscellaneous overhead.
The fire was called in by a Coconino County Sheriff's Officer at 3 a.m., and the cause is still under investigation. Motorists should avoid Highway 180 north of Kendrick Park, and visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park should use Highway 64 from Williams to access the entrance to the Park.
From Coconino National Forest - June 12 at 8:49 a.m.: