Arizona

Jun 16, 2014 10:17 PM by Associated Press

Small wildfire burning in scenic Oak Creek Canyon

OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. (AP) - About 40 people have been evacuated as a precaution after a small wildfire broke out in Oak Creek Canyon, just north of a previous fire that charred 31 square miles last month.

The so-called Junipine Fire started about 3:30 p.m. Monday, believed to have been sparked by a downed power line.

Authorities say the 20-acre blaze is burning north toward the charred remains of the Slide fire that started May 20 near Slide Rock State Park in the scenic canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff.

No structures currently are threatened.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials say the Junipine Lodge and about a dozen nearby homes are under a mandatory evacuation order.

They say Oak Creek Canyon residents north of Junipine to the bottom of the switchbacks have been given a pre-evacuation notification.

(Picture courtesy of ADOT)

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