The Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will transfer command of fighting the Crooks Fire back to the Forest Service on Tuesday, May 17, a Prescott National Forest Service news release reported May 16.
The City of Prescott Recreation Services Department announced in a news release that effective 6 a.m., Friday, May 13, Watson Lake will be reopen for recreational opportunities after it was closed due to the Crooks Fire.
Firefighters in northern New Mexico worked Monday in rugged terrain ahead of a massive wildfire, feverishly trying to position crews to clear brush and stop the monster blaze from burning more homes in the Rocky Mountain foothills.
Firefighters say they have made progress in strengthening and improving the northwest edge of the Crooks Fire to prevent growth during “critical fire weather,” a Prescott National Forest news release reported Monday morning, May 9.
Critical fire weather entering the state may challenge firefighters over the next few days as conditions align for extreme fire danger, according to a news release from the Prescott National Forest.
The Crooks Fire remained at 96% containment as of May 6, the Central West Zone Type 3 Team reported in a news release about the blaze 11 nautical miles south of Prescott on the Bradshaw Ranger District near Mt. Union.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO), in coordination with the Crooks Fire’s incident management team, on May 4 returned all residents to their homes who are in the “Set” status and returned residents who were in evacuated areas to “Ready” status.
On May 5, the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (CIIMT4) transferred command of the Crooks Fire, which has reached 96% containment, to Incident Commander Ryan Barela’s Central West Zone Type 4 Team, a Prescott National Forest news release reported.
Effective Thursday, May 5, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Phoenix and Colorado River districts, the Prescott National Forest and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (FFM) will implement campfire and smoking restrictions in their jurisdictions, a BLM news release stated May 2.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO), in coordination with the Crooks Fire incident management team, planned to allow residents of evacuated areas to return to their residences today, Wednesday, May 4, a YCSO news release reported.
Containment for the Crooks Fire has reached 89%, as the emergency closure area has been reduced and some recreation sites have reopened, Prescott National Forest officials reported in a news release May 4.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair Mary Mallory on May 2 signed the Interim Fire Prohibition Order, which bans using fireworks and implements Stage 1 fire restrictions across all four fire zones in Yavapai County starting at 8 a.m. May 5, a county news release reported.
Most evacuations for residents have been lifted for the Crooks Fire, which has reached 83% containment 11 nautical miles south of Prescott on the Bradshaw Ranger District near Mt Union, Prescott National Forest officials reported May 3.
Despite extreme winds May 1, firefighters’ lines held on the Crooks Fire, as containment rose to 75% on the blaze located 11 nautical miles south of Prescott on the Bradshaw Ranger District near Mt. Union.