Current as of 5/1/2022, 5:23:27 PM
Incident Type: Wildfire
Date of Origin: Monday April 18th, 2022 approx. 10:00 AM
Location: 11 miles south of Prescott Arizona
Incident Commander: Rocky W. Opliger, CIIMT 4
Coordinates: 34.403 latitude, -112.426 longitude
Total Personnel: 826
Size: 9,402 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained: 75%
Estimated Containment Date: Tuesday May 17th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved: Timber (Litter and Understory), Chaparral (6 feet), Brush (2 feet)
Saturday was a success for firefighters on day 13 of the Crooks Fire. Smoke was minimal and the fire grew by only 9 acres. Crews from across Arizona and the nation working the fire made great progress protecting homes and holding the fire from moving north. Firefighters on the day and night shifts focused on ‘firewise’ structure defense and preparing for Red Flag critical fire weather expected Sunday.
Due to the hard work on the fire, hundreds of participants were able to join the Whiskey 50 bike race event that occurred across the Prescott National Forest. Red Flag extreme fire conditions from 11 am-7 pm will bring gusty southwest winds and low humidity to challenge fire containment lines. Hot spots on the fire, stimulated by gusts, may become active and spread. The northwest side of the fire near Mt. Tritle, a priority, is heavily forested and full of dead and downed trees, stoking fire risks. Firefighters are on high alert, focused on safety. Slate Creek and Ash Creek Ridge above Crooks Creek are places of highest concern.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place: Wildfires are a NO Drone Zone. Flying recreational and media drones within a TFR is illegal and impedes fire suppression efforts. Report drones to local law enforcement. If You Fly, We Can’t!