More than a week after a major wildfire in a scenic northern Arizona canyon forced them to evacuate, residents and business owners are returning home.
Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Erika Wiltenmuth said Thursday the evacuation order was lifted at 1 p.m. and several people are already heading to their property.
The Slide Fire began May 20 near Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff.
Residents must show identification to sheriff's deputies at a roadblock before being allowed to enter.
Electricity is expected to be restored to all homes in the affected area by 4 p.m. Friday.
The fire has burned nearly 33 square miles so far, but containment has reached 55 percent. Cost of fighting the fire is estimated at $8 million.