Junipine Fire near Sedona 25 percent contained

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by The Associated Press and azfamily.com

Video report by Jared Dillingham

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 2:51 PM

OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. (AP) -- About a dozen homes were evacuated as a precaution after a small wildfire broke out in Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona.
 
Authorities say the so-called Junipine Fire was reported about 5 p.m. Monday, believed to have been sparked by a downed power line.
 
They say the fire was at about 20 acres and burning north toward the charred remains of the human-caused Slide fire. That blaze burned 31 square miles last month before it was extinguished.
 
Sedona Fire Department Gary Johnson says some homes near the Junipine Resort are being evacuated.
 
Highway 89A from the northern Sedona city limits to Slide Rock State Park has been closed.
 
No structures have been threatened and authorities say 50 firefighters are battling the wildfire along with four engines and an air attack.
 

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Wildfire burning in Junipine Canyon near Sedona

SEDONA, Ariz. -- Fire officials say the Junipine Fire north of Sedona is now 25 percent contained, and that it could be fully contained by Tuesday.

Preliminary reports indicate that the fire was caused by a downed power line.

Approximately 12 acres have burned since the fire started at around 3:30 p.m. Monday. Highway 89A from the northern Sedona city limits to Slide Rock State Park has been closed.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the Junipine Lodge and about a dozen nearby homes are under a mandatory evacuation order.

The American Red Cross has established an evacuee reception center at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff. Evacuated pets can be taken to the Coconino County Humane Shelter.

The fire is burning near the site of the Slide Fire, which started May 20 near Slide Rock State Park in the scenic canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff.

More than 50 crew members have been fighting the fire, with resources including air attack, four engines and a fuels crew. 

No structures are currently threatened.

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