There isn’t any visible smoke from the Walker area, but I can smell it.

Forest service says it’s at 200 acres, which is what it was last evening, and 0 percent contained.

Here’s a map distributed this morning. Click to download: Map (3 MB PDF)

Rain is forecast, although it’s clear and sunny at the moment. There are some big, puffy clouds peeking over the mountains in the distance.

I’m feeling better about things this morning than I was at 5:00pm last night.

Johnson Fire – September 23 Morning Update

Contact(s): Fire Information: 928-925-1111

Fire Information (928) 925-1111, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: 8 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, S16)
Start Date: September 22nd
Size: Approximately 200 acres
Percent Contained: 0
Cause: Under Investigation
Vegetation: Brush, Pinyon and Timber
Map (3 MB PDF)

Firefighters responded to a smoke report at 2:15 pm on September 22, approximately 8 miles south of Prescott, near Lookout Mountain (T12N, R2W, S16).

Last night the fire was active on the north end as it burned in heavy dead and down timber. Due to the terrain and remote location firefighters will focus today on road access into the fire area and will continue structure assessment and locate potential hazards like mine shafts in the fire area.

Due to the location, values at risk, terrain and fuel loading, Gesser’s Type 2 Incident Management Team will take command of the Johnson Fire tomorrow.

Resources: 9 – Engines, 2 – Dozers, 1 – Type 2 Crew, 2 – Type 3 Helicopters, air attack aircraft and miscellaneous overhead personnel. Resources arriving today: 5 – Type 1 Hotshots Crews, 2 – Helicopters, and air tankers as needed.

Closures: South end Ponderosa Park to Lower Wolf Creek; Lower Wolf Creek to Senator Highway; Senator Highway (Forest Road 52) from Sky Y Camp at End of the Pavement to Palace Station.

Evacuations: Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department has issued a Code Red Alert – GO for residents located in the Look Out Mountain/Maverick Mountain Area. For assistance or questions please call (928) 771-3260. Evacuation shelter is at Prescott High School.

In the interest of safety, the public is asked to not travel in the vicinity of Ponderosa Park, Lower Wolf Creek, and the community of Potato Patch as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be traveling in the area.

The public can obtain additional information via the following:

Fire Information: (928) 925-1111
Prescott NF Forest Website:
Twitter: @PrescottNF
Local Ranger Station: Bradshaw Ranger District (928) 443-8000

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