Arizona’s #JuniperFire on the Tonto NF – May 28, 2016

Updated 1820 Hours PDT

Incident Summary:

The Juniper Fire was ignited by a lightning strike on May 17th around midnight in the area of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness on the Tonto National Forest.


There are currently 321 personnel assigned to this incident including 5 Hotshot crews, 5 – Type 3 and 9-Type 6 Engines, 2- Type 3 helicopters and 3- Dozers with lot of support personnel.

Command consists of a Tonto NF Type 3 IMT Team (Central West Zone) with IC, Andy Mandell.

Photo of Juniper jFire creeping through needles and duff

Image showing fire is burning through needles and duff. Courtesy: @inciweb

Fire Behavior:

Fire Managers  are allowing this fire to burn slowly through the undergrowth, consuming leaves and needles, small branches, and brush and leaving the landscape healthier and safer from future fires.

The fire is currently at 3,000 acres with a 5% containment status.

Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer are the main fire fuels.


The following are cooperators on this fire:  AZ EPA, AZ Game and Fish Department, AZ Department of Transportation, Gila County Emergency Management Agency, Gila County Sheriffs Office and Salt River Project.


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