Crews on the Juniper Fire are working to obliterate dozer lines and to repair other impacts from suppression activities. They are also inspecting roads, trailheads, and recreation areas for hazard trees and other potential hazards to the public from the fire. And they will continue to monitor a few hot spots on the fire which could flare up as the weather becomes hotter and drier.
Today a Burned Area Emergency Response team began evaluating the burned area to identify places where monsoon rains could cause debris flows that could threaten human safety or private property. Fire crews may assist with treatments to reduce these risks.
State Highway 288 is open to the public and the recreation sites on the western side of the highway have reopened. Forest Road 203, also known as Cherry Creek Road, is closed between the junction with Hwy 288 to the north and Ellison Ranch to the south. All areas east of Hwy 288 inside the fire planning area remain closed due to safety concerns. Although fire activity has decreased, fire crews are still working on or near the roadway and travelers should drive with caution.
Campfires and other open flames are currently prohibited on the Tonto National Forest in accordance with existing Fire Restrictions. Details can be found on their website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD504864.