AZ Wildfire | Crooks Fire | 4

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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AZ Wildfire | Crooks Fire | 3

UPDATE 3 – Friday, April 22, 2022

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

It is located about 10 miles south of the Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District near Mount Union on the Prescott National Forest in Arizona.

Did You Know?

The Southwest Coordination Center (SWCC) is the interagency focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources between the 12 Federal and State Dispatch Centers of the Southwest Area and when necessary, the National Coordination Center (NICC) in Boise, Idaho. (GACC)

There are a total of 359 personnel still assigned to this incident with an increase of 17 in all.

Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire management is under the direction of the California Interagency IMT, Team 4 with the Incident Commander listed as Rocky Opliger (CIIMT4).

The fire has had an increase of 356 acres for a total of 2,356 acres, since our last update from yesterday.

Fire behavior is active and is still burning in dead and downed fuels. High winds are a major factor and there are concerns about possible future growth.

There is still a zero percent containment status.

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

Crooks Fire Community Meeting: The previous meeting can be found here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqsH4tAFh2E

The cause has been deemed as “undetermined” and is currently under investigation.

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AZ Wildfire | Crooks Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – Thursday, April 21, 2022

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

It is located about 10 miles south of the Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District near Mount Union on the Prescott National Forest in Arizona.

There are 342 total fire personnel are working to suppress and contain this active wildfire. Incident Cooperators include Prescott National Forest, Yavapai County OEM, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department, and the AZ Department of Forestry.

Courtesy: AZ State Forestry

Fire management is under the direction of the California Interagency IMT, Team 4. It has burned 2,000 acres of thick, dry, dead, and downed brush, Ponderosa Pine, and mixed conifer.

There is still a zero percent containment status.

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

Crooks Fire Community Meeting: The previous meeting could be found here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqsH4tAFh2E

The cause has been deemed as “undetermined” and is currently under investigation.

Resources assigned to this incident (3) Type 2 hand crews, (4) Type 1 hotshot crews, (14) engines, (5) copters, and an unknown number of miscellaneous equipment and overhead team.

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AZ Wildfire | Crooks Fire | 1

Published Wednesday, April 20, 2022

There are two wildfires burning at the same time with almost the identical names COOK PEAK FIRE (NM) and this wildfire CROOKS FIRE (AZ). Please see the fire coverage on both of these fires which are under their designated names respectively. – Ed.

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The CROOKS FIRE started on Monday, April 18, 2022, around 1000 hours MT about 11 miles south of Prescott on the Prescott National Forest in Arizona, where 292 total fire personnel are working to suppress and contain this active wildfire.

Fire behavior is currently active, torching, flanking, and running. About 1,600 acres of timber (litter and understory) and chaparral have been destroyed.

Credit: Ansgar Mitchell (4/18/2022) via Inciweb

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

The cause has been deemed as “undetermined” and is currently under investigation.

The Incident Commander is Cory Carlson with two (2) Type 2 hand crews, five (5) Type 1 hotshot crews, 14 engines, five (5) helicopters, and an unknown number of overhead personnel.

The Southern CA Interagency IMT 4 assumed command at 1800 hours this evening from the Central AZ West Zone Type 3 IMT due to the extreme complexity of this incident and high values at risk.

High valued assets threatened are the following:

  • Communities of Potato Patch, Walker, and Breezy Pines

Photo Credit: Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

A RED FLAG WARNING was issued on April 19th.

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AZ | Slate Fire | PM Update

1630 PT/MST | SUNDAY | JUNE 20, 2021

SUMMARY — A wildfire called the SLATE FIRE is burning about 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff, along Highway 180 in the State of Arizona that originated on State Mountain. The fire was called in by a Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputy on June 7, 2021, around 0300 hours MST.

CAUSE — The cause of the wildfire is unknown and under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS — Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. 11,435 acres of chaparral and timber. 85% contained. There are no structures or communities under direct threat. No evacuations are in effect.

RESOURCES — 44 personnel with two crews, three engines.

COOPERATORS — Coconino National Forest, CCSO, CCEM and the AZ DOT.

COST-TO-DATE — $1.9 Million Dollars.

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AZ | Horton Complex Fire | PM Update

1550 PT/MST | SUNDAY | JUNE 20, 2021

SUMMARY — The HORTON COMPLEX FIRE is located about five miles north of Hannagan Meadow, Arizona on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. It is made up of several different fires in the northern, southern, eastern and western areas.

An aerial photo of smoke from the Horton Fire.
Credit — USFS

CURRENT STATUS — Fires are burning within the 2011 Wallow Fire burn scar. Excessive heat and extreme fire behavior is being forecasted. Some of these areas have not been burned in many years and fire fuels are extremely dry for this time of year.

Northern areas — fires are actively backing, flanking and rolling out into Bear, Horton, Willow, Thomas and Hannagan drainages.

Eastern areas — fire has reached Hwy 191 and most likely to impact areas to Castle Creek, Burke Point, Foote Creek areas.

Southern areas — Peak burning conditions are expected to go in a downslope into the night.

Western areas — Fire is backing and rolling out with outflow winds that could spread over into the western portions of the fires.

FIRE BEHAVIOR — Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, flanking and backing.

SIZE UP — 1,490 acres. 0% containment.

RESOURCES — 112 total personnel with two crews, eight engines and two helicopters.

COMMAND — IC Ben Plumb.

COST-TO-DATE — $309,000.

AZ | Slate Fire | 1

SIT REP — JUNE 10, 2021 — 2230 PT

Slate Fire, as seen on 6-7-21 at 1035 from helicopter.
Credit — Coconino NF

Incident Summary

A wildfire called the SLATE FIRE is burning about 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff, along Highway 180 in the State of Arizona that originated on State Mountain.

The fire was called in by a Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputy on June 7, 2021, around 0300 hours MST.

The cause of the wildfire is unknown and under investigation.

Credit: USFS

Current Status

Fire has consumed 5,000 acres of pine, juniper, grass and brush. There is a 0% containment status.

Credit: AZ DOT

Incident Timeline

June 7th — NF fire response. 20-plus acres. 23 miles north of Flagstaff near Highway 180 and border of USFS Kaibab NF. 50 personnel including 4 engines, 2 crews, water tender, dozer. Cause unknown.

June 8th — Hwy 180 closed. Helicopter on the fire ground using a bambi bucket to draw water to drop on the fire below.

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Credit: USFS

June 9th — Fire grows to 2,060 acres. Highway 180 is still closed. Fire is moving northeast and now adjacent to the Kaibib National Forest. 150 personnel. 4 Hotshot crews, 1 hand crew, 8 engines, 2 water tenders, 2 dozers, 1 helicopter and miscellaneous overhead team and support staff. No structures under threat. Rec sites in the area are closed, including Red Mountain and State Mountain trailheads, Kendrick Cabin and portion of the AZ trail from Kelly Tank and Cedar Ranch.

Credit: AZ DOT

Resources

There are 130 total personnel assigned to this incident. The IC is Jess Causer. Corey Wilson, Ops Trainee.

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators currently include the Coconino National Forest, CCSO, CCEM and the AZ DOT.

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Credit: AZ DOT

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AZ | Sycamore Canyon Fire | 2

SYCAMORE CANYON, AZ — A wildfire, the SYCAMORE CANYON FIRE started on BLM and BIA lands on May 23, 2021, from an unknown cause that is under investigation. It is located about 15 miles southeast of Sells, Arizona.

SIZE UP — The fire has burned about 1,858 acres of short grass and brush and 26% contained.

Aerial View of the Sycamore Canyon Fire May 24, 2021
Credit: BIA

RESOURCES — There are 212 assigned firefighters and support personnel on this incident. Today, there are 5 engines, 4 hand crews, 11 water tenders, and 4 helicopters.

COMMAND — Deputy IC Aaron Hulburd, SW Area Type 2 Team 4, assumed command on Saturday, may 29, 2021 at 0600 hours.

Helicopter at Dip Site
Credit: BIA

CHALLENGES — Crews may be challenged by the continued dry conditions and high winds expected over the next week. In addition to full suppression of the Sycamore Canyon Fire, the incident management team is also responsible for responding to any new fire starts in the area surrounding the fire.  – USFS

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION (TFR) —  Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Sycamore Canyon Fire to ensure safe air operations.

Geronimo Hotshot vehicles parked along a dirt road in Division Alpha. There is a bright blue sky above with just a hint of wispy smoke in the background.
Credit: BIA

RESTRICTIONS — Due to increased fire activity and dry conditions, Stage 2 fire restrictions are currently in effect in southeastern Arizona.  For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions or contact the nearest land management agency office.

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AZ | Sycamore Canyon Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 — MAY 31, 2021 — 0940 PT

SYCAMORE CANYON, AZ — A wildfire, the SYCAMORE CANYON FIRE started on BLM and BIA lands on May 23, 2021, at around 0815 hours MST from an unknown cause that is under investigation. It is located about 15 miles southeast of Sells, Arizona.

SIZE UP — The fire has burned about 1,858 acres of short grass and brush and 40% contained. Fire behavior is minimal, creeping and smoldering.

Geronimo Hotshot vehicles parked along a dirt road in Division Alpha. There is a bright blue sky above with just a hint of wispy smoke in the background.
Courtesy: Inciweb

RESOURCES — Geronimo Hotshots.

COMMAND — Deputy IC Carl Schwope, SW Area Type 2 Team 4, assumed command on Saturday, may 29, 2021 at 0600 hours.

THREATS — Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and AZ Department of Forestry and Fire Management (AZDFFM) lands.

CHALLENGES — Crews may be challenged by the continued dry conditions and high winds expected over the next week. In addition to full suppression of the Sycamore Canyon Fire, the incident management team is also responsible for responding to any new fire starts in the area surrounding the fire.  – USFS

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION (TFR) —  Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Sycamore Canyon Fire to ensure safe air operations.

RESTRICTIONS — Due to increased fire activity and dry conditions, Stage 2 fire restrictions are currently in effect in southeastern Arizona.  For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions or contact the nearest land management agency office.

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AZ | Sycamore Canyon Fire | 1

SYCAMORE CANYON, AZ — A wildfire, the SYCAMORE CANYON FIRE started on BLM and BIA lands on May 23, 2021, from an unknown cause that is under investigation. It is located about 15 miles southeast of Sells, Arizona.

SIZE UP — The fire has burned about 1,858 acres of short grass and brush and 26% contained.

Aerial View of the Sycamore Canyon Fire May 24, 2021
Credit: BIA

RESOURCES — There are 212 assigned firefighters and support personnel on this incident. Today, there are 5 engines, 4 hand crews, 11 water tenders, and 4 helicopters.

COMMAND — Deputy IC Aaron Hulburd, SW Area Type 2 Team 4, assumed command on Saturday, may 29, 2021 at 0600 hours.

Helicopter at Dip Site
Credit: BIA

CHALLENGES — Crews may be challenged by the continued dry conditions and high winds expected over the next week. In addition to full suppression of the Sycamore Canyon Fire, the incident management team is also responsible for responding to any new fire starts in the area surrounding the fire.  – USFS

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION (TFR) —  Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Sycamore Canyon Fire to ensure safe air operations.

Geronimo Hotshot vehicles parked along a dirt road in Division Alpha. There is a bright blue sky above with just a hint of wispy smoke in the background.
Credit: BIA

RESTRICTIONS — Due to increased fire activity and dry conditions, Stage 2 fire restrictions are currently in effect in southeastern Arizona.  For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions or contact the nearest land management agency office.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 5/30/2021 1123 PT