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Agencies To Conduct Oak Creek Canyon Emergency Siren Test Tuesday Morning

Oak Creek Canyon is a gorge carved into the edge of the Mogollon Rim of the Colorado Plateau along the Oak Creek Fault. Tectonic forces shifting the land to either side of the fault and subsequent erosion by Oak Creek have created a spectacular canyon where the geologic history of this area is an open book.The Canyon is approximately 12 miles long. Oak Creek flows year-round along the bottom of the Canyon, providing water for plants and wildlife, as well as fishing and swimming opportunities. Oak Creek continues on through Sedona, Arizona, meeting up with the Verde River southeast of Cottonwood, Arizona.The depth of the Canyon ranges from 800 to 2000 feet, with trails providing access from the Canyon’s bottom up to the 6500-foot eastern rim and 7200-foot western rim. Some of these trails follow historic routes early Oak Creek Canyon settlers used to access the top of the plateau in the days before the road was built. Trails on the west side of the Canyon head into Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness.Multi-photo panorama by Deborah Lee Soltesz, June 12, 2015. Credit U.S. Forest Service Coconino National Forest. Learn more about Oak Creek Canyon and the Coconino National Forest.

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It’s that time of year again, where Coconino County Emergency Management will conduct a siren test in Oak Creek Canyon. The test will take place Tuesday at around 10 a.m. The system notifies Oak Creek Canyon and Uptown Sedona residents of severe emergencies within the canyon. During emergencies, sirens will be used when the National Weather Service issues a Flash Flood Warning for Oak Creek Canyon. If sirens sound, head to higher ground and listen to 92.9 KAFF Country or KAFF Country Legends 93.5/AM 930 for the latest information. Remember, when the sirens go off tomorrow, it’s only a test. Yavapai County Emergency Management, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Sedona Fire District are assisting in the test.