From the Prescott National Forest, September 23, 2019-Firefighters responded to a smoke report at 2:15pm approximately 8 miles south of Prescott, near Lookout Mountain (T12N, R2W, S16). The 166 acre Johnson Fire is burning in brush, pinyon and some timber. Firefighters and air attack are on scene assessing fuel conditions and values at risk. Smoke will be visible from Prescott and other local communities. Fire is still under investigation as to why it started. 66% contained.
Moderate to heavy rain considerably cooled the remaining heat in denser fuels yesterday, allowing firefighters to pivot away from full suppression efforts to a monitor status. Weather concerns, road conditions and fire weakened tree hazards will keep crews outside the fire perimeter throughout today as heat and fire activity continue to diminish. Fire crews and resources are continuing to be released, as weather conditions continue to be favorable.
Campgrounds: Upper Wolf Creek Group Campground and all designated dispersed camping sites in the southern portion of the Prescott Basin have been reopened as of September 27, 2019. Lower Wolf Creek Campground will remain closed for the season.
Current Resources: 2-Engines, 1 Crew, 1 Helicopter, and miscellaneous medical resources and overhead personnel.
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. Avoiding these areas will allow firefighters to work and travel safely during suppression operations.
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