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Evacuations are underway as wildfire burns near Prescott

The fire started on Monday.
The fire started on Monday.(Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 5:08 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 19, 2022 at 12:46 AM MST
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PRESCOTT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Dozens of homes near Prescott have been evacuated as a new wildfire burns in the Prescott National Forest. The Crooks Fire was first spotted around 10 a.m. on Monday about 10 miles south of Prescott. Forest officials say the flames are burning through brush, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. Fire crews attacked the flames from the air and the ground but so far, there’s zero containment. Smoke can be seen in various areas in the High Country, including Chino Valley, Mayer and Prescott Valley. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said about 30 homes were evacuated in the Mountain Pine Acres area. An evacuation center has been set up at Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

State officials said the fire has burned approximately 500 acres. According to YCSO, Mount Union, Camp Kippa, Camp Kiva and Mt. Tridal have already been evacuated. The areas being told to be ready to evacuate are:

  • Hopper’s Retreat
  • Evan’s Cabin
  • Potato Patch
  • Lower Wolf Creek
  • Groom Creek and Groom Creek camps

The following roads are closed because of the flames:

  • Goodwin Road - Crown King to Senator Highway
  • Walker Road is blocked at Senator Highway
  • Lower Wolf Creek Road blocked at Senator Highway
  • Big Bug Mesa is blocked at Goodwin Road.

No word yet on what caused the fire.