The Juniper Fire continues to effectively reduce fuel-loading on the forest floor and benefit the ecosystem by recycling much-needed nutrients into the soil. Yesterday, firefighters worked to minimize the eastward spread of the spot fire that occurred near the Cherry Creek drainage. Crews have been actively monitoring the northwestern section of the wildfire as it moves slowly down the slopes toward the creek bottom.
Today, burnout operations will be conducted on the southwestern portion of the fire in the Parker Creek area. Because fire burns at a lower severity when moving downhill, fire managers will initiate burnout operations at the top of hills to ensure that the fire will maintain low severity and slow movement downhill toward Highway 288. Fire managers anticipate working in this area for the next couple of days, after which they will reevaluate the closure of Highway 288.
Highway 288 remains closed 10 miles south of Young between mileposts 280 and 293. Forest Road 203 is closed as the fire has reached the Cherry Creek drainage.
The town of Young is open for business and away from the fire area. Visitors can still access Pleasant Valley from the north by State Route 260 and Forest Road 512.
The Juniper Fire is fulfilling its natural role in the ecosystem to maintain forest health and reduce fuel-loading. The forest needs frequent, low severity fire to restore wildlife habitat, promote healthy vegetation, reduce fuels and the risk of severe fire, and to create safer conditions for residents, visitors, and firefighters. Fire managers are taking opportunities to reintroduce low severity fire in the Sierra Anches Mountains.
Incident personnel and public safety are the main priority while managing the Juniper Fire and all wildland fires. Fire managers use sound risk management to weigh the probability of success against human life exposure and cost benefit. Firefighters are using a combination of point protection, direct, and indirect suppression strategies to achieve the desired results while minimizing risk. The closure of roads, campgrounds, and the general forest area around the Juniper Fire will be lifted when conditions are safe for public access.
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Juniper Fire Information
- Cause: Lightning
- Date of Origin: Tuesday May 17th, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM
- Total Personnel: 553
- Size: Approximately 30,357 acres
- Percent Contained: 20%
- Fuels Involved: Ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, oak shrub
- Resources: 13 Crews, 7 Helicopters, 20 Engines, 3 Dozers, 8 Water Tenders and 1 Masticator
- Weather Concerns: A minor decrease in temperature, an increase in humidity, and 15 mph wind gusts are predicted over the next few days. There is an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms late Friday evening into Saturday.
Planned Actions: Keep the fire east of Highway 288, using burnout operations when opportunities arise to minimize resource damage. Maintain point protection on inholdings and private property. Improve contingency lines to the East and South. Use ignition techniques that minimize impacts to values at risk and threatened and endangered species.
Projected Incident Activity: Fire will continue to advance to the East and Southeast. Fire spread east of Cherry Creek should be limited due to favorable winds. Ground crews continue to make significant progress on northwestern divisions of the wildfire. Burnout operations will be conducted on the southwestern portion of the fire in the Parker Creek area. Resource objectives continue to achieve desired conditions.