The Prescott National Forest assumed command of the Crooks Fire yesterday evening. The Central West Zone Incident Management Team lead 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 is 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
For additional information related to the closure, please call the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.
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The Restricted Area consists of all National Forest System lands, waters, roads, and trails within the boundary starting at the intersection of National Forest System Road (FR) 52A and County Road (CR) 56, also referred to as Senator Highway, then following east along FR 52A for approximately 4 miles to the intersection with FR 9404R, then following southeast along FR 9404R for approximately 1 mile to the intersection with FR 9404H, then following southwest along FR 9404H for approximately 1 mile to the non-Forest Service ownership boundary, then following southwest along the non-Forest Service ownership boundary for approximately 4 miles to the junction with CR 56, then following north along CR 56 for approximately 3 miles to the intersection with National Forest System Trail (FT) 307, then following east along FT 307 for approximately 2 miles to the non-Forest Service ownership boundary, then following north along the non-Forest Service ownership boundary for approximately 0.5 miles to the junction with FR 9406K, then following northwest along FR 9406K for approximately 0.5 miles to the intersection with FR 76, then following north and west along FR 76 approximately 0.5 miles to the non-Forest Service ownership boundary, then following north and west, then north again along the non-Forest Service ownership boundary for approximately 1 mile to the intersection with CR 56, then following north along CR 56 approximately 0.5 miles back to the point of beginning at the intersection of CR 56 “Senator Highway” and FR 52A.