Crooks Fire Update: April 20, 2022

(Map courtesy of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.)

From InciWeb:

Current as of: 4/20/2022, 9:49:40 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: Ryan Barela, ICT3 Central West Zone IMT3
Coordinates: 34.403 latitude, -112.426 longitude

Current Situation –
Total Personnel: 342
Size: 2,000 Acres
Estimated Containment Date: Wednesday May 04th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved: Timber (Litter and Understory), Chaparral

Significant Events
During this burn period, there were significant winds that produced extreme fire behavior and pushed the fire in all directions. Spotting outside control features.

Red flag conditions in rugged terrain challenged firefighters and grounded aircraft through the day. Fire activity increased as wind moved the fire west of Senator Highway and to the north-northeast towards Potato Patch, Walker and Breezy Pines.  Structure assessment activities are progressing in the communities of Potato Patch, Walker and Breezy Pines.  Crews continue to look for opportunities to construct indirect line in hopes to keep the fire south of FSR 261 and keep it from progressing to the north.

Due to the increased complexity and values at risk on the Crooks Fire, Southern California Interagency Incident Management T4 will be arriving today and assume command of the fire at 6:00 pm.

Resources Assigned:  2-Type 2 Hand crews, 5-Type 1 Hotshot crews, 14-Engines, 5 – Helicopters, and Miscellaneous Overhead.

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)

From the City of Prescott: Both Watson and Goldwater Lakes have been closed.

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