Johnson Fire Command Transfers Back to the Forest

September 28, 2019 - 9:23 am

The Prescott National Forest assumed command of the Johnson Fire this morning at 6 AM. Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3 were highly successful in managing the fire and produced a solid plan for the forest; for any future wildfires that may occur in the area.  Mario Orozco is the Type 4 Incident Commander for the Johnson Fire.  

Fire activity has been minimal with no growth over the last few days. Higher relative humidity helped to assist firefighter’s efforts on the ground. Firefighters will continue to closely monitor the fire on the ground and utilize aerial resources as needed.  The reduced complexity and low intensity of the fire warranted a reduction in resources as crews and equipment continue to de-mobilize. 

Hazards faced by remaining fire crews include poor road access and hazardous trees known as “snags”.  As fire moves through a heavily-wooded area many of the trees left behind are weakened by fire; combined with recent heavy rains and expected winds over the weekend; falling snags pose a real threat to crews working along ridge tops.

Crews near the fire perimeter will continue to mitigate hazards, extinguish hot spots, monitor and patrol the fire area.


Resources:  3 - Engines, 1- Crew, 1 Helicopter and miscellaneous medical resources and overhead personnel.


Campground Update: Upper Wolf Creek Group Campground and all designated dispersed camping sites in the southern portion of the Prescott Basin re-opened yesterday.  Lower Wolf Creek Campground will remain closed for the season.

In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded when traveling along Forest Road 52 (Senator Highway) and Lower Wolf Creek to obey all traffic signs and use caution as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.   


Johnson Fire Overview:

Location:  8 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, S16) 

Start Date:  September 22nd

Size:  Approximately 166 acres 

Percent Contained:  75%

Cause:  Under Investigation  

Vegetation:  Brush, Pinyon and Timber


This will be the last news release for the Johnson Fire unless there is a significant change in fire activity.


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