Story by Laurel Morales


Northern Arizona's Slide Fire grew to 4,800 acres overnight, and 200 people have been evacuated from Oak Creek Canyon, with another 3,000 on standby.

Fire crews have made progress on the fire, building a line between the blaze and Flagstaff subdivisions. But Flagstaff Fire Captain Bill Morse said the containment is still elusive.

"The deal here is steep rugged terrain you can’t drive engines up the side of Oak Creek," he said. "Hand work boots on the ground guys out there building line, burning out. Now with the fire up higher we can use those large tankers the DC-10s that can fight across the flats."

More strong wind gusts are expected Thursday. There are ran showers in the forecast. But typically ahead of those storms is dry lightning.