A 60-acre fire burning west of Ash Fork and east of Seligman is producing intense amounts of smoke at times and first responders are urging drivers in the area to use caution.
The Crookton Fire, which started last week, is burning through wood debris at an old sawmill site. Those woodchip fuels are creating heavy smoke and forcing delays and closures of nearby roadways.
A 12-mile stretch of Route 66 at milepost 156 has been the most heavily impacted. Smoke has also drifted across Interstate 40 near the Crookton exit. The smoke across Interstate 40 can be more visible during the early morning hours.
The Department of Forestry and Fire Management is working closely with Yavapai County, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the Arizona Department of Transportation, and the Department of Public Safety to ensure driver safety and minimal impact to those highways.
Route 66 has been closed sporadically for the last few days and will continue to be closed as needed.
Firefighters stopped the fire’s movement within 24 hours, but the fire will continue to smolder in and around those fuels and rocky terrain. Crews will remain on the fire for the duration. AZ State Forestry and Yavapai County officials are working to develop a long-term plan for management of the fire.
For more information, contact Tiffany Davila at 602-540-1036 or by email at [email protected]