Prescott National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
344 S Cortez St
Prescott, AZ 86303
Crooks Fire Information
Hours: M-F 8am to 4pm
Crooks Fire BAER Assessment Completed
PRESCOTT, AZ – May 25, 2022 - The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has completed the post-fire assessment on the Crooks Fire which is now 96% contained and have concluded the area affected by the fire does pose post fire risks to public safety. High and moderate burn severity areas pose the greatest risk and are potential sources of unstable soils and rock, falling trees and increased flooding. Public hazards have been identified within the fire footprint and downstream of the fire scar. Post-fire hazards are of particular concern during summer monsoon events.
BAER teams focus on emergency actions necessary to protect human life and safety, property, and natural and cultural resources, including affected watersheds. BAER assessments identify unacceptable risks on federal lands from post-fire threats and help land managers prepare burned areas for potential threats from rainstorms. Burned areas often experience increased soil erosion and runoff from rainstorms. Culvert storm proofing on Senator Highway.Surveying for detection of Dalmatian Toadflax in selected areas; a federally and State listed noxious weed.