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 https://azdeq.gov/wildfireforecast?fire=crooksfire
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: https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/
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 (usda.gov)
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday April 18th, 2022 approx. 10:00 AM|
|Location||11 miles south of Prescott Arizona|
|Incident Commander||Ryan Barela CWZ Type 3 IMT|
|Coordinates||34.403 latitude, -112.426 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||96%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday May 17th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and Understory), Chaparral (6 feet), Brush (2 feet)
Minimal, Smoldering, Creeping, Flanking
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
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.