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Oak Creek Canyon prepares for floods after the Slide Fire

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SEDONA, Ariz. - Last month the Slide Wildfire erupted north of Sedona eventually burning more than 21,000 acres. Earlier this week there was another scare as the Junipine Fire broke out in the same area.

People in the area could be in for a long summer due to the threat of rain and flooding from the monsoon.

Just past Slide Rock State Park you can see the burned landscape, but from 89A you cannot see all that much of it.

"People think the canyon is burned, they think it is charred, they think it is black. They think it is not beautiful, they think there are no trees, they think the air quality is bad, and they think it is unsafe," said Nichole Garrison.

"All of them are false, the canyon as you can see is lush and beautiful," said Garrison.

Nichole Garrison owns the Butterfly Garden Inn in Oak Creek. Normally the inn is sold out but she's had some cancellations and is now hoping the monsoon doesn't create more problems.

"There are many acts of god that are out of our control. I think the best thing for people is just to be aware of the potential dangers of flooding, be prepared, and have information. If you are informed and prepared you will be just fine," she said.

The Slide Fire burned more than 20,000 acres and fire officials believe flooding and mudslides during the monsoon storm are a strong possibility.

"When it rains typically some of that rain ends up on the vegetation, there's nothing to catch it now so all the rain then lands on the ground," said Mary Garland.

At Garland's lodge, the owners have improved their drainage system and are working to reinforce some walking bridges over a wash.

"Nobody knows when the monsoons will hit and to what degree, and how exactly the soils will react, we are getting lots of advice and warnings, we'll see," said Garland.

While there are some charred hillsides, for the most part, the views remained unspoiled.

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