Johnson Fire Update – September 23rd – 8 AM

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

Start Date:  September 22nd

Size:  Approximately 200 acres

Percent Contained:  0

Cause:  Under Investigation

Vegetation:  Brush, Pinyon and Timber


Firefighters responded to a smoke report at 2:15 pm on September 22, approximately 8 miles south of Prescott, near Lookout Mountain (T12N, R2W, S16).


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.


Resources:  9 – Engines, 2 – Dozers, 1 – Type 2 Crew, 2 – Type 3 Helicopters, air attack aircraft and miscellaneous overhead personnel.  Resources arriving today:  5 – Type 1 Hotshots Crews, 2 – Helicopters, and air tankers as needed.


Closures: South end Ponderosa Park to Lower Wolf Creek; Lower Wolf Creek to Senator Highway; Senator Highway (Forest Road 52) from Sky Y Camp at End of the Pavement to Palace Station.


Evacuations: Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department has issued a Code Red Alert – GO for residents located in the Look Out Mountain/Maverick Mountain Area.  For assistance or questions please call (928) 771-3260.  Evacuation shelter is at Prescott High School.


In the interest of safety, the public is asked to not travel in the vicinity of Ponderosa Park, Lower Wolf Creek, and the community of Potato Patch as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be traveling in the area.


The public can obtain additional information via the following:


  • Local Ranger Station: Bradshaw Ranger District (928) 443-8000


  • City Management
  • John Heiney
  • Community Outreach Manager
  • City Hall

    201 S Cortez St

  • 928-777-1220


    • If you are a member of the media, please contact Communications.
    • If you would like to contact the Mayor or a Councilmember, contact information can be found here
    • If you would like to contact a specific department, contact information can be found here


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