Crews battling Johnson Fire, burning over 100 acres southwest of Prescott

(Source: Prescott National Forest) 

NEAR PRESCOTT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Firefighters are trying to get a handle on a brush fire burning near Prescott.

The "Johnson Fire" was first reported just after 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, just eight miles south of Prescott, near Lookout Mountain

According to the Prescott National Forest, the Johnson Fire had burned 187 acres and was 0% contained, as of Monday morning.

Rainfall on Monday, Sept. 23, stalled the fire's growth but was not enough to stop the fire potential. Fire crews on ground were challenged by terrain and inclement weather. 

At this time, fire crews continue to battle the flames. 

Smoke was visible from Prescott and nearby communities.

But now, evacuations have been lifted, thanks to heavy rains in the area.

With the lifting of the evacuation orders, the Northern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross has officially closed the shelter this afternoon at Prescott High School.


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