Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Juniper Fire Update
June 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m.

Location: 10 miles south of Young AZ,  
Tonto National Forest.
Size:  Approximately 28,504 acres.
Percent Contained 20%.
Cause: Lightning caused.
Resources Assigned: 516 total personnel           10 Crews, 7 Helicopters, 16 Engines, 3 Dozers, 7 Water Tenders and 1 Masticator.             
Fire managers will hold a community meeting at the Young Community Center,                     7:00 P.M. Wednesday June 8th, to update citizens on the status of the Juniper Fire.

There is a new Juniper Fire Public Information Line: 928-462-4071

Yesterday’s high winds and low humidity increased fire behavior within the assessed fire perimeter, causing fire to cross over the Cherry Creek drainage near Hinton Creek. At 18:00 last night there was approximately 100 acres burning east of Cherry Creek. Helicopters dropped water on the area throughout the evening, slowing the spread. Weather conditions are predicted to improve over the next few days with diminishing winds, lowering temperatures, and higher humidity. This should help the fire maintain the goal of lower intensity burn patterns.

Firefighter and public safety is our number one objective in managing this and all wildfires. The area where the fire is burning is very steep and rough terrain. Ground crews are conducting burnout operations and constructing fire control lines from safe locations.  Helicopters will continue to make water drops in these areas to help keep the fire intensity at a manageable level.

Several wildfires, including The Juniper Fire, continue to produce light to moderate smoke. As can be expected, air quality varies throughout the state. Several temporary air monitors have been placed in smoke impacted communities. Their data have recorded air quality as good or moderate. Wildfire smoke can cause health effects such as breathing difficulties among people with prior respiratory or cardiovascular diseases. Elderly people, pregnant women, infants and children can also be susceptible. If you are experiencing medical problems for any reason, seek medical treatment immediately.

For more information on how smoke can affect you go to:

State Route 288 remains closed 10 miles south of Young between mileposts 280 and 293. Fire managers will open the road as soon as conditions permit. The town of Young is open for business and away from the fire area. Visitors can still access Pleasant Valley from the north by State Route 260 and County Road 512. Forest Road 203 is now closed as the fire has reached the Cherry Creek drainage.

SWAIMT4 IC Bales had to leave the Juniper Fire and return home. Incident Commander John Truett  has stepped in to fill IC Bales role as the team continues forward with our incident objectives and strategies.

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