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Slide Fire: Blaze Near Arizona Park Flames Monsoon Flood Worries

By    |   Tuesday, 27 May 2014 03:30 PM

The Oak Creek Canyon fire north of Slide Rock State Park in northern Arizona has enveloped more than 20,000 acres and was about 35 percent contained Tuesday as new worries arose about monsoon rains that may cause flooding this week.

The Weather Channel reported that the fire has cost $3.5 million so far, although no homes have been destroyed, and firefighters were working to stop it from engulfing 300 structures that are north of Slide Rock State Park.

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Officials told Tucson News Now that the fire may still cover additional acreage as steps are taken to complete perimeter burnout around the fire in an effort to contain it.

In a Sedona meeting on Friday, the announcement was made that the burned-out vegetation on the canyon walls combined with heavy rains heading into the area will make flooding of Oak Creek Canyon a concern, News Now said.

Some of the evacuations from last week have been lifted, but officials told The Weather Channel that it is likely to leave a mandatory evacuation order in place for some in the Oak Creek Canyon area, from Slide Rock State Park to Sterling Springs Hatchery.

More than 1,000 firefighters were on the job, battling what authorities believe is a manmade fire, News Now said. The fire started on May 20, quickly moving through the western slope of the canyon.

In the midst of battling the fast-moving fire, firefighters discovered the remains of what may be a historic cabin, the Sedona Eye reported. In an effort to preserve it, they built a fireline around the cabin and also put protective fabric over it.

An archeologist from the Coconino National Forest sent a log from the cabin to the University of Arizona to be dated.

Numerous photos of the fire devouring the beautiful landscape in the canyon were posted online.



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The Oak Creek Canyon fire north of Slide Rock State Park in northern Arizona has enveloped more than 20,000 acres and was about 35 percent contained Tuesday as new worries arose about monsoon rains that may cause flooding this week.
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