The Crooks Fire near Mount Union, about 10 miles south of Prescott, remained at 9,402 acres and 38% containment as of Sunday morning but critical fire weather will test it, according to forest officials.
The fire was reported on April 18, according to InciWeb, a website that tracks wildfire information.
Containment defines the amount of fire perimeter surrounded by a line control that the fire will not cross.
Only two structures that were reported damaged, but additional properties have been verified and owned.
According to a Prescott National Forest news release, Saturday was a success for firefighters and the fire only grew 9 acres.
“Crews from across Arizona and the nation working the fire.
According to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff, from 7 am to 11 pm, for northern Arizona due to severe conditions that could cause a higher risk of fire rapid spread of existing wildfires.
Jacobson said fire crews were “heavily engaged” on Saturday to prepare for the weather conditions.
“It’s gonna be a big day for us coming into critical weather conditions. Resources are making great progress on this fire,” Jacobson said.
The weather expected on Sunday will “test the fire,” according to the release, and hot spots could become active and spread. The northwest of the fire near Mount Tritle is a high priority that increases fire risks. Slate Creek and Ash Creek Ridge are also areas of high concern, the release states.
Light smoke could be seen in the Arizona Department of Environmental Equity.
Prescott National Forest announced Wednesday night that the restricted area would expand to the south and southeast of Prescott. Restrictions for these areas will be in place until May 3.
A map of the updated restricted area can be found on the Prescott National Forest’s website.
The U.S. Forest Service announced on Friday that the Prescott National Forest will be entering Phase 1 fire restrictions beginning May 5 at 8 am Restrictions details can be found on the United States Forest Service website at fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott/news- events /? cid = FSEPRD1016510.
Where is the Crooks Fire burning?
Crooks Fire is burning about 10 miles south of Prescott in the west portion of Prescott National Forest, west of Big Bug Mesa, northwest of Pine Creek, southeast of Mount Tritle, south of Potato Patch and east of Johnson Flat.
The fire reached Mount Union, Mount Davis, Yankee Doodle Peak and Moscow Peak. It also reached Lookout Mountain towards the west.
The Forest Service closed sites in Groom Creek and Lynx Lake recreation areas, White Spar campground, Prescott Circle Trail and the Prescott Basin were closed on April 21. A full list of what can be found on the Forest Service’s website.
As of Sunday morning, 857 personnel were working on the fire.
Evacuations in effect
People evacuated from Walker Road north of mile marker 10 and west of Big Bug Mesa were allowed to return home on Monday at 3 pm
The area remained in “set” status. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office posted a full list of streets where residents can return on Facebook on Tuesday.
The following areas are under evacuation or “go” status, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office:
- Mountain Pine Acres.
- Breezy Pines.
- Potato Patch.
- South Walker.
- Lookout Mountain.
- Mount Tridal.
The following areas are under “set” status, meaning residents should be ready to evacuate:
- Groom Creek.
- Walker North.
- Ponderosa Park.
- Flat Pine.
- Poland Road South.
The Yavapai College gymnasium, at 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Building 2, in Prescott.
1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) can be stopped or missed.
Republican reporter Laura Daniella Sepúlveda contributed to this article.
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