Junipine Fire: Evacuations lifted after power line sparks blaze near Slide Fire burn area

SEDONA, AZ - An evacuation order has been lifted after a wildfire sparked north of Sedona near where the Slide Fire claimed more than 21,000 acres just last month.

The Coconino National Forest reported that as of 7:45 p.m. Monday, the Junipine Fire has burned at least 12 acres near Junipine in Oak Creek Canyon and is 25 percent contained.

The fire is burning just north of Sedona, towards the burn area where the Slide Fire sparked in May.

Gary Johnson of Sedona Fire said crews were called to reports of a fire involving a single tree south of Junipine Estates. There fire crews and US Forest Service worked to contain a 10-20 acre wildfire.

Officials said about 40 individuals had been evacuated and were sent north towards Flagstaff, according to a release. Johnson said those evacuations were lifted at 9 p.m. Monday evening.

Johnson said evacuations were ordered due to heavy winds in the area.

Fire officials said a Type 1 crew has been ordered to respond to the area. A National Forest spokesman said 60-70 personnel, including an air attack unit, four engines, one water tender, and a fuel crew have been deployed to the area.

Crews said they have established a line around 75 percent of the fire.

Preliminary information indicates that the fire was caused by a downed power line Monday afternoon, however, the official cause remains under investigation.

The Junipine Fire was reported around 3:15 p.m. Monday.

No structures are currently threatened, according to the National Forest release.

Drivers are being warned to avoid Highway 89, as it has been shut down near the Slide Rock area.

 

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