FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Coconino National Forest is still working to contain the 10,677-acre Slate Fire located 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff.
The fire ignited the morning of June 7 and is 16% contained as of Monday evening. The fire was at 23% containment Monday morning.
Fire crews have closed a portion of Highway 180 in order to conduct burnout operations to contain the fire, firefighters said. People attempting to drive to the Grand Canyon should use Highway 64 from Williams while the roadway is closed.
Portions of Highway 180, from mileposts 235 to 248 will remain closed for the foreseeable future while crews work to suppress the fire, officials said.
Around 180 personnel are currently assigned to the fire, including three Hotshot crews, one hand crew, nine engines, three water tenders, two dozers, two helicopters, and miscellaneous overhead, fire officials said.
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