Fire activity and growth stalled yesterday as predicted thundershowers materialized over the fire area. However, the rainfall was insufficient in reducing the fire’s potential as only 1⁄4” of precipitation fell over the fire. Fire crews continued scouting for placement of containment lines and safe access routes. Rugged terrain and inclement weather challenged fire crews on the ground.
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.
Summary: Crews arrived on the scene of the fire Tuesday morning and worked to secure the perimeter on the north side of the fire. Crews will return to the fire today, continuing to construct direct fire line and mop up heat along the fire perimeter. Recent precipitation assisted firefighters by extinguishing heat in lighter fuels, but significant heat remains in heavier fuels, mainly on the north side of the fire where crews will concentrate suppression efforts. High overnight humidity continues to keep fire behavior at a minimum.
Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to begin two previously announced prescribed burns south of Prescott, Tuesday September 13th through Saturday September 17th; if conditions are favorable.
Fire managers are planning to continue treatment on the Bradshaw Ranger District Wednesday, October 14th through Sunday October 18th in the Prescott Basin pending favorable weather conditions. Specific days to burn will be determined by the weather over the weekend and the amount of moisture received next week. Prescribed fire will help meet objectives which include reducing hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and improving wildlife habitat. Fire managers plan to burn larger sections when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is generate
Fire managers on the Prescott National Forest (NF), Bradshaw Ranger District plan to burn piles Friday, July 17, through Saturday, July 25; pending favorable weather conditions. Specific days to burn will be determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities.
Ponderosa Park Piles: Approximately 15 acres of piles located south of Ponderosa Park (T13N, R2W, S32).
With predicted rain in the forecast, fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to burn piles Tuesday, July 15 through Saturday, July 19. If conditions are not favorable on Tuesday, fire managers may consider burning later in the week.