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Johnson Fire: Wildfire burning south of Prescott, evacuation order lifted

Posted at 5:37 PM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 17:09:01-04

PRESCOTT, AZ — Firefighters from multiple agencies and air attack aircraft are working to contain a growing wildfire burning south of Prescott.

According to officials, the Johnson Fire has grown to 200 acres and is burning eight miles south of Prescott, near Lookout Mountain. Officials say crews responded around 2:15 p.m. after smoke was reported in the area. The fire is burning in brush, pinyon, and some timber.

Residents in the Lookout Mountain/Maverick Mountain Area were forced to leave their homes Sunday under evacuation orders, but were allowed to return Monday after the order was lifted.

An evacuation shelter was established at Prescott High School on Sunday, but was closed Monday after the evacuation orders were lifted.

Several road closures have been put in place while crews work to contain the fire. The current road closures include 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.

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.

Stay with ABC15 and for updates as they become available on this developing story.