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Slide Fire continues to grow in Northern Arizona

The Slide Fire in Northern Arizona, continues to grow.
The Slide Fire in Northern Arizona, continues to grow.Googleearth.com

The Slide Fire, that originated in the Slide Rock area of Oak Creek Canyon in Northern Arizona, is continuing to march north and east.

This type of direction is troubling to firefighters as winds continue to pick up in this densely forested area that has been experiencing extremely dry conditions. After an unusually dry winter, experts are calling this possibly the worst fire season in Arizona history.

According to MyFox10, the fire is thought to be human caused. Crews from New Mexico have been called in to help, as have Type 1 incident aircraft.

Evacuation orders have been given to over 100 homes (KPHO), with more expected. About 300 homes and businesses were in danger north of Slide Rock State Park, including private homes, vacation resort cabins and a Forest Service Lookout tower.

Fire officials reported no containment of the fire Thursday morning, but crews made some progress overnight, said Fire Information Officer Tony Sciacca.

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter in Flagstaff. To find information on the shelter visit www.redcross.org.