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Slate Fire tops 11,000 acres, 90% containment

Around 180 personnel are currently assigned to the fire, including three Hotshot crews.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Coconino National Forest is still working to contain the 11,435-acre Slate Fire located 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff.

The fire ignited the morning of June 7 and is 90% contained as of Thursday.

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While the Slate Fire is no longer active and growing, the Coconino National Forest said crews are hesitant to designate the fire as fully contained based on a few unburned pockets of fuel located within the fire's footprint.

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 were 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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