The Crooks Fire has now reached 1,600 acres since Tuesday April 19, according to the Prescott National Forest update this morning.
Firefighters are dealing with high winds at the Crooks Fire, which started 10 miles south of Prescott in the Bradshaw Ranger District of the Forest (T12N, R2W, SEC 12), near Mt Union.
It remains zero percent contained and under investigation. It burns in brush, mixed pines and cedars.
Also this morning, the Forest Service announced a community meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening at 6:30 a.m.
The live virtual and in-person community meeting will take place tonight, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. The virtual meeting will be held on the Prescott NF Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF. The in-person meeting will be held at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the hangar, 3700 Willow Creek Drive, Prescott.
West Central Arizona Type 3 Incident Management took command of the Crooks fire and quickly engaged the fire with full suppression tactics, the Forest Service reported.
Red flag conditions over rough terrain tested firefighters and grounded planes throughout the day on Tuesday. Fire activity increased as wind moved the fire west of the Senator Highway and north-northeast toward 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 build an indirect line in hopes of keeping fire south of FSR 261 and advancing north.
Due to the increased complexity and values at risk on the Crooks Fire, the Southern California Interagency Incident Management T4 will arrive Wednesday and take command of the fire at 6 p.m.
Resources allocated: two Type 2 hand crews, five Type 1 Hotshot crews, 14 engines, five helicopters and various air assets.
Time: Windy southwest winds of 10-15 mph with afternoon humidity in the teens will bring near critical fire weather.
Evacuations: Information on the current evacuation status can be found on the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/.
Forest closure: To ensure public health and safety due to firefighting operations and the fire danger associated with the Crooks Wildfire, the Prescott National Forest has implemented a forest closure. To view the closure order and map, visit Prescott National Forest Alerts and Advisories, usda.gov.
Additionally, the City of Prescott has closed two recreation areas due to ongoing operations related to the Crooks fire. Watson Lake and Goldwater Lake Recreation Areas have been closed until further notice.
This includes trails that are within the park boundaries. Willow Lake, Pioneer Park and other City of Prescott recreation areas remain open at this time. City trails outside the park boundary, such as the Peavine Trail, remain open.
For ongoing updates on City of Prescott activities and wildfire updates, follow the City of Prescott on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cityofprescottaz and Instagram @CityofPrescottAZ.
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Prescott National Forest, https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
Prescott Area Wilderness Urban Interface Commission, yavapaifirewise.org
Yavapai County Emergency Management, https://yavapaiaz.gov/publicworks/emergency-management.
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