May 30, 2014 - Slide Fire, Arizona

Slide Fire, Arizona

The Slide Fire was first reported burning in the Oak Creek Canyon just north Sedona, Arizona just before 4 p.m. on May 20, 2014. The blaze quickly grew in the dry Ponderosa pine forests, and by May 29 had consumed over 21,000 acres of vegetation.

According to Inciweb, by the evening of May 29 the fire was 55% contained, and all burnouts used to control the fire had been completed. Highway 89A from Sedona to Vista Overlook, as well as a few other roads remained closed. However, evacuations have been lifted in most areas, and displaced residents are being permitted to return to their homes.

According to a report by the Weather Channel, initial estimates place cost of the fighting the fire to be about $3.5 million so far. No structures have been lost, although 300 homes were in danger at one point in time. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it was likely caused by human activity.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Slide fire on May 26, 2014. Red hotspots mark areas where the thermal bands on the instrument detected temperatures higher than background, indicating fire. Gray smoke rises from the hotspots and coalesces into a broad plume that blows towards the south. The city of Sedona lies below the plume, and is obscured from view.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 5/26/2014
Resolutions: 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC