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Residents attend community meeting seeking information on the Slide Fire

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Officials working the Slide Fire say they have the first good news to report. They have a long way to go but they are getting some containment on the fire, 5% to be exact.

The fire has grown to 7,500 acres and some are evacuated from their homes while others are on a pre-evacuation notice.

The news of some containment is welcome to residents waiting for the alert to leave their homes.

A community meeting was held Thursday night at Sinagua Middle School which is also the location of the shelter for displaced residents. Fire officials told residents they are prepared to go door to door in case of anymore evacuations.

The community of Oak Creek Canyon is the only evacuees for the moment but two other communities could be evacuated; Kachina Village & Forest Highlands if the fire spreads overnight.

"It's really scary because you look around your house and you're like, what do you take," said Darlene Callender.

Cots are lined up at the Red Cross Shelter in Flagstaff for close to 2 dozen people who plan to spend another night here away from their homes.

"This is all we have, it's our little humble commode," said Callender.

Darlene Callender is one of hundreds of residents from Kachina Village community with pre evacuation notices, a community a few miles north of the Slide Fire.

Callender and her family don't have to take shelter here but they aren't taking any chances.

Hundreds of residents in the Flagstaff area got some answers tonight at a community meeting. Officals saying no structures have been damaged and there are no new evacuation orders as of yet.

Still the biggest uncertainty is the weather. "We have a thunder cell city right over the fire it could send the fire in all directions," said Operations Section Chief Danny Montoya.

Some residents concerned if there is an evacuation they won't have enough notice to get out with their pets and their belongings.

"Should the fire push on the east side of Highway 89A, we're predicting about 4 1/2 hours from the time it would cross until it would hit Kachina Village," said Montoya.

For Darlene and her family they will spend another night in the shelter. FOX 10 asked her what worried her most about the fire. "Losing the house, I mean we have no place else to go," she said.

Residents are being encouraged to sign up for Code Red, you can sign up at the following website: http://www.coconino.az.gov/index.aspx?NID=64
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