Navajo Scouts join battle against Slide Fire

By Alastair Lee Bitsoi
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, May 29, 2014

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Even though the Slide Fire near Sedona has charred approximately 20,369 acres and was 45 percent contained as of Wednesday, the Navajo Scout crew is still out there battling it.

They are among the 884 personnel on the scene right now, according to Dillon Winiecki, public information officer for the Slide Fire.

"We believe it's human caused but the cause is still under investigation," Winiecki added.

He also told the Times that the perimeter of the fire is cooling down and that the fire has burnt up to the containment line.

"Today, crews are continuing to mop up," he said by telephone on Wednesday. "The interior of the fire is still burning for the next few days because the interior is still burning in the canyons."

According to the Incident Information System website, approximately 300 structures, private homes, vacation resort cabins and a Forest Service lookout tower are still threatened by the fire.

The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon, just north of the Slide Rock State Park, and burning northward on the west side of the canyon.

Three Navajo Scouts crews and one camp crew are assisting with the blaze, said Patrick Willeto, lead dispatcher for the BIA Fire Management Office.

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