Evacuation order lifted for residents in area of fire near Prescott
PHOENIX — The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department on Monday afternoon lifted an evacuation order issued a day earlier because of the Johnson Fire near Prescott.
The evacuation order was issued Sunday for residents in the Lookout Mountain and Maverick Mountain areas of Prescott National Forest, about 8 miles south of Prescott.
Prescott High School was made available as an evacuation shelter. More information or assistance was available by calling 928-771-3260.
Authorities also advised against travel near Lower Wolf Creek, Ponderosa Park or the community of Potato Patch for safety reasons, as fire personnel would be traveling in the area.
Closures include Lower Wolf Creek to Senator Highway and the south end of Ponderosa Park, and Senator Highway (Forest Road 52) from Sky Y Camp at End of the Pavement to Palace Station.
As of Monday morning, the fire had burned 200 acres and was 0% contained, according to Prescott National Forest.
Firefighters responded to a report of smoke on Sunday around 2:15 p.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Sunday night saw the flames burning heavy dead and down timber on its north side.
Due to the terrain and location, firefighters planned to use Monday to gain road access to the fire, continue structure assessment and find possible hazards such as mine shafts in the area of the fire.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team was set to assume command of the fire on Tuesday.