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Fire Status
Last Updated
15 mins, 26 secs ago
Fire Start
Monday, April 18, 2022 11:02 AM MST
Incident #
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Prescott National Forest

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Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Incident Photo for the Crooks Fire

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)       

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Monday, April 18, 2022 10:00 AM MST
11 miles south of Prescott Arizona
Incident Commander
Ryan Barela CWZ Type 3 IMT
Incident Description
34.403, -112.426

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:00 AM MST
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory), Chaparral (6 feet), Brush (2 feet)
Significant Events
Minimal, Smoldering, Creeping, Flanking

Planned Outlook

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

Weather Synopsis

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.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Crooks Fire Information
Phone: 928-925-1111
Hours: Everyday 8am to 7pm
Fire Unit Information
Prescott National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
344 S Cortez St
Prescott, AZ 86303

Dispatch Center Contact

Prescott Interagency Dispatch Center (AZ-PDC)

Prescott, AZ