Arizona Wildfires

May 21, 2014 1:24 AM by Stefanie Boe, Associated Press

Northwest Fire hot shot crew on the way to Sedona area blaze

TUCSON - Northwest Fire's Ironwood hot shot crew will drive through the night to get from New Mexico's largest wildfire to the newest fire burning in Arizona. Captain Adam Goldberg says he expects the crew to arrive at the Slide fire Wednesday morning.

The wind-whipped 450-acre wildfire is burning near Slide Rock State Park in northern Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon.

It's forced the evacuations of businesses and homes in a two-mile stretch north of the area Tuesday evening, authorities said.

Highway 89A was closed south of Flagstaff to north of Sedona due to the fire, U.S. Forest Service officials said. The cause of the fire, which was reported about 4 p.m. Tuesday, wasn't immediately known.

There was still zero containment on the blaze as of Tuesday evening, Forest Service officials said. Large plumes of smoke were visible in the Slide Rock State Park area, which is a popular tourist and vacation spot.

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