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Crooks Fire

Unit Information

Prescott National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
344 S Cortez St
Prescott, AZ 86303

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Incident Contacts

Crooks Fire Information
Phone: 928-925-1111
Hours: Everyday 8am to 7pm

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Non-Emergency
Phone: 928-771-3260

Highlighted Activity

05/16/2022 5.16.2022 Crooks Fire Update
 Crooks Fire May 16, 2022  Last Crooks Fire Update Unless Significant Changes in Fire Activity Occur  Location:  11 nautical miles south of Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, SEC 1),..
News - 05/16/2022
Crooks Fire Map for May 7, 2022Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Crooks Fire began on April 18, 2022 about 10 miles south of the Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District near Mt. Union. California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 assumed command of the Crooks Fires at 6:00 pm on April 20. 
The fire is burning in continuous thick, dry, dead, and down fuels in very rugged terrain.  Erratic winds and fire behavior is making conditions hazardous for firefighters.  Firefighter and public safety is the number one objective.

SMOKE INFORMATION:  Arizona Smoke Forecasting system information can be locatedat

 EVACUATIONS:  There is no change to the evacuation status.  Information about the current evacuation status can be found on the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page at:

 FOREST CLOSURE: To provide public health and safety due to firefighting operations and fire dangerassociated with the uncontrolled Crooks Fire the Prescott National Forest has implemented a fire area emergency closure.  To view the Crooks Fire area closure order and map visit: Prescott National Forest - Alerts & Notices (       

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday April 18th, 2022 approx. 10:00 AM
Location11 miles south of Prescott Arizona
Incident CommanderRyan Barela CWZ Type 3 IMT
Incident DescriptionVegetation
Coordinates34.403 latitude, -112.426 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel65
Size9,402 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained96%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday May 17th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory), Chaparral (6 feet), Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Minimal, Smoldering, Creeping, Flanking


Planned Actions

Secure line, mop-up, and patrol. Ensure crews are backhauling material when the opportunity arises. Monitor for increased activity due to strong SW winds. Continue suppression repair.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: See Fire Weather Forecast for wind profile specifics. Minimal overnight recovery. Expect

minimal fire activity and interior smoldering.

24 hours: Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s. Light WSW winds are forecasted. Fire behavior will be consistent with interior smoldering. The probability of ignition will be between 95-100%, single-digit RH being the overwhelming factor.


Prescott National Forest will assume command of the fire on Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Expect warm and breezy conditions at the fire site through the forecast period. Haines indices will decrease, along with a corresponding increase in relative humidity, after Monday.