Over the weekend, the Slide Fire increased in size to 20,328 acres, and it’s now 35 percent contained. More than 1,000 firefighters and personnel are working to contain the blaze, which was first reported May 20.
Below is the latest update from the Incident Information System:
During Memorial Day crews burned out along the Woody Mountain Road, completing the final perimeter burnout around the fire. Over the course of the fire, fire personnel constructed approximately 40 miles of line to form a containment perimeter around the fire. Work was also completed in the removal of hazard trees along State Route 89A. These trees were damaged by the fire and deemed a safety risk to travelers.
On Tuesday crews will work on holding the containment line along the west edge of the fire and burn out patches of unburned land within the fire line. All firing will be conducted to create low intensity fire on the landscape in a manner where fire managers have more influence on the ultimate outcome. Crews will also be patrolling and mopping up other parts of the fire line to assure the fire stays within containment boundaries. No threats to the fire line are anticipated today.
In addition to holding the fire line within containment boundaries, crews will begin implementing fire rehabilitation guidelines provided by the Coconino National Forest. These guidelines provide direction in mitigating the impact of fire line construction across the fire.
Weather conditions will continue to warm and dry out as the high pressure ridge intensifies into Wednesday. Work was completed on the installation of two Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS). The placement locations were designed to provide additional weather date for fire managers to help them understand weather conditions across the fire and the impact those weather conditions will have on burning conditions.