Update and Photos of the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona

You may have heard about the fire that's been burning our beautiful Oak Creek Canyon.

Take a look at the unbelievable photos this firefighter took


We are incredibly fortunate that while some beautiful areas have been burnt (most notably parts of some of our most beloved hiking trails, West Fork and Call of the Canyon) that only the small part of Sedona that is located in Oak Creek Canyon above Slide Rock is involved. Flagstaff has been heavily affected as the fire burned to the north from Sedona. There have been no fires or incidents in the rest of Sedona and the Verde Valley.

As of 45% contained, over 20,000 acres have burned. Most amazing is that NO structures have been lost! In fact, I heard a story yesterday that the firefighters stumbled across an historic cabin that was previously unknown, and were able to save that, as well.

For accurate information on the fire visit the official website:

 
and the official Facebook page:


(check out the pic of Apple trees saved in West Fork!)

As the wind dies down at night into early morning, smoke does settle into the lower valleys, and it can be quite smokey all across Sedona and the Verde Valley early in the morning, then depending on wind patterns it typically improves throughout the day, and can almost completely clear by late afternoon on some days.

Our brave wildland firefighters have done an exemplary job under very difficult circumstances. No structures lost, no lives lost. It's not over yet though, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers!
Published 28 May 14 05:34 by Beth Larsen
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