Alert: Fire North of Slide Rock & Fire Near Sunset Point
The Slide Fire, reported just before 4 p.m. today, is currently estimated to be 20 acres, burning on the north side of Highway 89 in Oak Creek Canyon near Slide Rock State Park.
Multiple firefighting units are responding, including two Hotshot crews, four engines, two helicopters, an air attack unit and Sedona Fire.
Highway 89 is closed to traffic north of Uptown Sedona, and south bound from Flagstaff. Evacuations are being ordered for areas just north of Slide Rock State Park. It is unknown whether there are any structures threatened at this time. The fire is currently moving to the north and fuel treatments in the area have kept the fire from aggressive activity.
Also, Interstate 17 is closed in both directions near Sunset Point north of Phoenix because of a brush fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The freeway is closed from mile 254 for northbound traffic to mile 262 for southbound drivers. The site is near the Sunset Point Rest Area about 35 miles north of Phoenix. There is no indication when the freeway will reopen.
For more on Arizona highway conditions visit ADOT's Travel Information site at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. Updates are also available on the ADOT Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT) and on Facebook.