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The Prescott National Forest assumed command of the Crooks Fire yesterday evening. The Central West Zone Incident Management Team led by Ryan Barela did a fantastic job managing the fire and produced a solid plan for local resources.
Fire activity has been minimal with no growth. Firefighters will continue to closely monitor the fire on the ground and utilize aerial resources as needed until the fire is fully contained. A fire is considered “contained” when firefighters are confident the line around the perimeter of a fire will prevent the fire from spreading any further.
The Prescott National Forest released a new Forest Order on May 18, 2022, at 8 A.M. reducing the Crooks Fire Public Safety closure area. Detailed information and a map are available on the Prescot National Forest Website: Order Number: 03-09-03-22-07 and Area Map. Post-fire hazards are within the closure area. Unstable soils and falling rock potential exist within the fire-scarred area.
As a reminder, residents within the Crooks Fire area need to utilize caution while driving on the roads as firefighters continue to work in and around the fire. Hazards still exist in and around the fire area and residents living nearby should utilize care as fire-weakened trees, ash pits, and burned stump holes remain. The roads on the boundary of the closure area remain closed to the public except for County Road 56 (Senator Highway) which will be open.
Recreation sites that remain CLOSED to the public: Groom Creek Trail Head 307, Groom Creek Loop Trail #307, Isabella Trail #377, Spruce Mountain Lookout, and Picnic Site. Groom Creek Horse Camp will re-open once residual base camp personnel, associated equipment, and debris are removed. All other developed recreation day-use sites are open. For a complete list visit the Prescott National Forest website.
REMINDER: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place on the Prescott National Forest and State Trust Lands within Yavapai County. Campfires are restricted to developed campsites only and smoking is only allowed inside a building or vehicle. Target shooting and fireworks are prohibited on both the Prescott National Forest and all State Trust land. For detailed information: WildlandFire.az.gov