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Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44...Full Story >
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An Afghan spokesman says 23 people were killed when a passenger van and a fuel tanker collided in western Afghanistan.Full Story >
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OAK CREEK, AZ (CBS5) -
Sixteen days after it began, the Slide Fire, Arizona's second major wildlands fire of the season, has been fully contained.
The human-caused fire, which started May 20 around 4 p.m. in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park, blackened 21,227 acres by Wednesday.
It cost $10.1 million to battle the blaze.
Slide Rock State Park reopened on Sunday. Normal hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. have resumed, with last park entry at 6 p.m. But due to the recent fire north of the park, the swim area will remain closed.
Residents began returning late last week. An evacuation order for the canyon was lifted at 1 p.m. May 29.
Shortly before the reopening, a half-dozen cars lined up waiting to re-enter.
"Since last Tuesday we've camped, we've driven 300 miles to stay somewhere with relatives. We came back here and spent the night in hotels," said Josh Hall, one of the renters allowed back into the area.
"I'm very clear on my feelings right now. In fact, it's high anxiety," he continued.
"I just feel so blessed that our home is still standing and our hotel guests have a place to come back to," said Butterfly Garden Inn owner Nicole Garrison.
A line of speakers took to the podium at Red Rock High School on May 28. They told the audience that although the largest fire in the history of Coconino Forest is behind them, there is still a lot of work to do, especially in regards to preparing for the monsoon.
"If you don't have flood insurance, you need to get it now. If you have any friends in the former Shultz Fire and the very soon after flood area, they can tell you how important this is," said Coconino County Emergency Management spokesperson Robert Rowley.
Now it's all about moving forward, especially for the business owners.
"We're booked fully for the next several weeks, so we need to access where it is and how we can proceed so we can get our guests back as soon as possible," said Garrison.
U.S. Highway 89A from Pine Flats campground north to the entrance of the overlook at the switchbacks remains closed. The "overlook" is now open to the public.
The Coconino National Forest issued an emergency closure on all National Forest System lands within the area of the Slide Fire on the Coconino National Forest, in Coconino and Yavapai counties.
Law enforcement authorities are asking residents to contact them if they happened to spot anyone suspicious in the area on the day the fire started between Slide Rock State Park and Half Way Picnic Area.
The public is asked to call U.S. Forest Service law enforcement at 928-527-3511 if they have any information that might assist law enforcement in the investigation.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.
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Saturday, August 30 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:57:07 GMT
A New York teenager has died after he crashed a lamborghini into a guard rail while taking it for a test drive. According to FOX News, 18-year-old Samuel Shepard was driving on a county road in MountFull Story >
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Saturday, August 30 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:34:11 GMT
The Coast Guard says the pilot of a small airplane lost consciousness while flying and the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast.Full Story >
A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday.Full Story >