UPDATE 4 – Thursday, April 28, 2022, 2015 hours PT

The CROOKS FIRE started on Monday, April 18, 2022, around 1000 hours MT.

It is located about 11 miles south of Prescott near Mount Union on the Prescott National Forest in Arizona.

There are a total of 855 fire personnel assigned to this incident. Fire management is under the direction of the CIIMT 4 with IC Rocky Opliger at the helm.

Credit: Sergio Montanez (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

The fire has increased three-fold since our last update about a week ago to now 9,196 acres destroyed.

Fire assets from the ground and above have reached a 27% containment status.

Fire behavior is still active with backing, flanking with single and group torching with spotting downwind.

Fire fuels are timber (litter and understory) and Chaparral.

The cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined and is still under further investigation.

CODE RED (Emergency Notification System): Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office #928-771-3260 or sign up through their website. https://ycsoaz.gov/publicaffairs/Emergency-Preparedness/Emergency-Notification-System

Resources include five (5) Type 1 Hotshot crews, five (5) Type 2 hand crews, 41 engines, 14 copters and various other equipment alongside an overhead team.

EVACUATIONS updates can be found here — https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/

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