The Juniper Fire is burning approximately 10 miles south of Young, AZ. The fire is estimated at 30,357 acres and 30 percent contained.
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.
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. Ground crews have completed handline on a significant portion of the Northwestern sections of the incident. Burnout operations will be conducted on the southwestern portion of the fire to secure the Parker Creek area. Resource objectives continue to achieve desired conditions.
An area closure is in effect in forest road systems near Hwy 288 and Hwy 203.