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Location: 10 miles south of Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, SEC 12), near Mt Union.
Start Date: April 18, 2022
Size: Approximately 3,914 acres, 22% Containment
Cause: Under Investigation
Vegetation: Brush, Ponderosa Pine, and Mixed Conifer
Number of Personnel Assigned: 675
Last night, fire remained active in Ash Creek. Northerly winds pushed the fire south resulting in significant growth in this drainage. Fire managers will continue to seek opportunities to engage with ground and air forces.
In other areas of the fire, weather provided good conditions to complete firing operations south of FSR 81 and west of FSR 82 to prevent fire spread to the northwest into Lookout Mountain and Dosoris Canyon. Crews continued to mop up and secure the north and northeast flanks of the fire. Throughout the day and into the night, firefighters extended the line south of Lookout Mountain towards Ash Creek and from Moscow Peak west to Senator Highway.
Today’s priority will be in Ash Creek. Fire crews will be working diligently in the southwest part of the fire to control growth that occurred last night. Further efforts will be to build direct line from Yankee Doodle Peak working west towards Senator Highway. Fire managers are planning contingency lines to the south and west of the fire in the event that weather conditions may push the fire in those directions.
Resources Assigned: 6 – Type 1 Hotshot crews, 5 – Type 2 Hand crews, 38 – Engines, 11 – Helicopters, Miscellaneous Equipment, and Overhead.
WEATHER: Dry conditions will persist over the fire, with afternoon humidity of 5-10%. Today’s wind will be slight, mostly terrain driven and will vary throughout the day in both direction and speed.
SMOKE INFORMATION: Arizona Smoke Forecasting system information can be located at https://azdeq.gov/wildfireforecast?fire=crooksfire
EVACUATIONS: Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department has announced evacuations will be lifted at 3:00 p.m. today in North Walker. For more information visit 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 danger
associated 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)
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