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Oak Creek Canyon Fire: Popular hiking area evacuated for second time in 30 days

Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona -- May 26, 2014 photo
Coconino National Forest photo

Oak Creek Canyon, Ariz. -- June 16, 2014 -- For the second time in less than 30 days residents of Oak Creek Canyon in northern Arizona have been evacuated due to forest fire. A wildfire named by the Coconino County Sheriff's Office as the Junipine Fire has resulted in the partial closure of Arizona State Route 89A.

The Junipine Lodge and the residential neighborhood in the immediate area of the lodge have been placed under a mandatory evacuation order. Residents located in Oak Creek Canyon north of Junipine to the bottom of the switchbacks have been given a preevacuation notification. According to the sheriff's office press release, approximately 40 people have left their homes located in Junipine.

Oak Creek Canyon is a popular hiking destination located north of Sedona, Ariz. The picturesque canyon has been rated as one of the nation's most scenic drives.

The American Red Cross has established an evacuee reception center at Sinagua Middle School located at 3950 East Butler Avenue in Flagstaff. Evacuated pets can be taken to the Coconino County Humane Shelter located at 3501 East Butler Avenue.

On May 20, 2014, the Slide Fire forced similar evacuations. That earlier fire was contained earlier this month but continues to burn.