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For those living and working in Oak Creek Canyon, it was a bit of deja vu.Wildland Firefighters battle the 12-acre Junipine Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. The wildfire  reportedly sparked from a downed powerline around 4:08 p.m., Monday, June 16. The fire is  25 percent contained, burning near the origin of the Slide Fire.

Just on the heels of the Slide Fire, which scorched more than 21,000 acres and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents and business owners, a mandatory evacuation was put into place for five hours on Monday, June 16.

According to the Sedona Fire District, at 4:08 p.m. crews responded to a report of a wildland fire involving a single tree south of Junipine Estates, approximately 12 miles north of Sedona. Upon arrival, both U.S. Forest Service and SFD crews worked to contain the fire in heavy winds, with gusts up to 45 mph.

As of press time, the fire had burned 12 acres and was 25 percent contained.

The USFS ordered the immediate area to be evacuated due to high winds but as of 9 p.m. those individuals were allowed to return.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 18, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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