Last night the fire was active on the north end as it burned in heavy dead and down timber. Due to the terrain and remote location firefighters will focus today on road access into the fire area and will continue structure assessment and locate potential hazards like mine shafts in the fire area.
Due to the location, values at risk, terrain and fuel loading, Gesser’s Type 2 Incident Management Team will take command of the Johnson Fire tomorrow.
Firefighters responded to a smoke report at 2:15 pm approximately 8 miles south of Prescott, near Lookout Mountain (T12N, R2W, S16). The 100 acre Johnson Fire is burning in brush, pinyon and some timber. Firefighters and air attack are on scene assessing fuels conditions and values at risk. Smoke will be visible from Prescott and other local communities.
Another active fire day is expected today. The fire remained active overnight due to poor humidity recovery. Fire activity is expected to increase throughout the day, especially in areas where slope and winds align.
The Cellar Fire is burning in grass and brush, but moving east/northeast into ponderosa pine west of Senator Highway (FR 52). It is being managed as a Type 3 incident, however a Type 1 Incident Management Team is expected to take command of the fire on Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 am.