Crooks Fire Update

From InciWeb:

Current as of 4/19/2022, 10:18:08 PM
Incident Type:  Wildfire
Cause:  Undetermined
Date of Origin:  Monday April 18th, 2022 approx. 10:00 AM
Location: 11 miles south of Prescott Arizona
Incident Commander: Cory Carlson
Coordinates:  34.403 latitude, -112.426 longitude

Current Situation
Total Personnel: 292
Size: 1,600 Acres
Estimated Containment Date: Wednesday May 04th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved: Timber (Litter and Understory), Chaparral

Significant Events
Active, Torching, Flanking, Running

Outlook
Projected Incident Activity
Wind Driven, Moderate to High Active, Group Torching, Spotting

Ryan Barela’s Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management will assume command of the Crooks Fire today at 6:00 PM.  The fire remained active Monday night as crews worked through the night on structure protection and burning fuels along Forest Road (FR) 261 and along Senator Highway.  Firefighters will focus today on keeping the fire south of FR 261 and east of Senator Highway.  Fires in Prescott, AZ typically are driven by southwestern winds that push the fire to the northeast, therefore, we are prioritizing working on the northeastern part of the fire.

Fire behavior can be unpredictable, and fire managers are asking the public to exercise caution and steer clear of all areas that could be impacted by the Crooks Fire.
Resources Assigned:  3-Type 2 Hand crew,5-Type 1 Hotshot crew, 5-Engines, 5 – Helicopters, and Miscellaneous Overhead.

WEATHER: Red Flag warning in effect from 11 AM this morning to 8 PM MST this evening due to strong winds and low relative humidity.  Warm dry conditions are expected today with temperatures peaking in the afternoon around 70, relative humidity at 10%, with winds out of the southwest at 25-35 MPH with gusting up to 50 mph.

EVACUATIONS:  Information about current evacuation status can be found on the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/

FOREST CLOSURE: To provide public health and safety due to firefighting operations and fire danger associated with the uncontrolled Crooks Fire the Prescott National Forest has implemented a forest closure.  To view the closure order and map visit: Prescott National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)

ROAD CLOSURE: Goodwin Road – Crown King to Senator Highway; Walker Road is blocked at Senator Hwy; Lower Wolf Creek Road is closed at Senator Hwy and Big Bug Mesa Road is closed at Goodwin Road.  As a reminder to the public, with the increased fire vehicles in the area, for public and firefighter safety people should not travel into any of the fire area.

A Community Meeting for the Crooks Fire will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm
The meeting will take place at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
3700 Willow Creek Dr. Prescott, AZ

The meeting will be live streamed to the Prescott National Forest Facebook and you do NOT need an account to watch. If you are unable to attend, the recording will be available to view afterwards.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF

ASL and Closed Captioning services will be provided.

From the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page:

Groom Creek is on SET status. Please prepare to evacuate on a moment’s notice.

The following areas are on GO and should be evacuated:
*Walker Rd south of Lynx Lake
*Breezy Pines
*Potato Patch
*Kamp Kipa
*Lookout Mountain
*Mt. Tritle
*Mtn. Pines Acres

Even if you are not in one the areas mentioned above, or think you aren’t in the path of the current fire, YCSO still urges you to remember that all of Yavapai County has the potential for a wildfire. It only takes one spark! So…get your 5 P’s together – “people, pets, papers, personal items, prescriptions”. You never know when your safety zone could become an active area!

For information specific to the fire itself, please follow the Prescott National Forest Facebook page.

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