The Slide Fire started just North of Slide Rock State Park on May 20, 2014 at about 1545. The fire forced the evacuation of 326 homes and businesses in Oak Creek Canyon and at over 21,000 acres it would become the largest fire ever on the Coconino National Forest.
A member of the Ironwood Hotshots waiting for members of his crew.The headlamp of an Ironwood Hotshot conducts a nighttime burn on the Slide Fire.With torches at the ready the Ironwood Hotshots prepare to begin burning out along the 231 RoadMembers of the Ironwood Hotshots patiently wait for the right conditions to prevent.  This patience is critical to a successful firing operationLooking East from below Turkey Butte Lookout the Slide Fire mixes with clouds at duskHistoric Turkey Butte LookoutSlide Fire moves into the West Fork drainageThe smoke of the slide fire creates an image of a bearded manOld Man FireResources protecting Oak Creek Canyon and the homes within it receive an early morning briefing