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4:48 PM Tue, Sept. 18th

Slide firefighters battle smoke, gusty winds

Heavy smoke from the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. (Photo courtesy of Jon Pelletier/Verde Independent)

Heavy smoke from the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. (Photo courtesy of Jon Pelletier/Verde Independent)

OAK CREEK CANYON - With winds gusting over 30 mph, the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon has eaten approximately 1,000 acres and is expected to grow to 2,000 acres tonight as it continues to move north.

The fire is particularly active on the north end of Sterling Canyon. It has reached Pumphouse Wash, threatening Kachina Village on the outskirts of Flagstaff. Residents there are on notice to prepare for evacuation.

Firefighters are dealing with heavy smoke in the canyon along with the wind. The haze has also affected visibility in Flagstaff.

The fire started near Slide Rock State Park, 4-5 miles north of Sedona, on Tuesday, May 21. It was reported around 4 p.m.

The stretch of State Route 89A through the canyon, about 24 miles, remains closed. Firefighters are working to keep the fire on the west side of 89A and away from buildings. Slide Fire continues to threaten about 100 structures.

There is still 0 percent containment.

For updates on the fire, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/3.