Crooks Fire nearly a quarter contained, burning over 6,400 acres
Some evacuees allowed to go home
PRESCOTT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Crooks Fire is 16% contained and has burned about 6,454 acres as of Monday night, fire crews said. Containment was at 22% earlier in the day but as more acres burned, firefighters lost control of some parts of the fire.
According to Prescott National Forest officials, Monday had very dry air and the wind switched directions. Instead of coming from the north, the winds came out of the east and southeast, sending the flames toward the southwest where they burned more acres. Firefighters expect to see relative humidity under 30% all night. The forecast calls for more gusty winds south to southwest and low afternoon humidity. Winds had already pushed the fire south Sunday night, remaining active near Ash Creek.
In other areas of the fire, if weather conditions are good, crews will be working to prevent any additional fire spread to the northwest up into Lookout Mountain and Dosoris Canyon. The weather conditions are expected to be dry, with afternoon humidity of 5% to 10%.
Because of the wind shift, smoke is being pushed north from the fire into the Prescott community. Some have seen ash falling in Prescott and Prescott Valley. For more information on the smoke, https://www.airnow.gov/?city=Prescott&state=AZ&country=USA.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said part of Walker Road opened around 3 p.m. on Monday for evacuated residents. People evacuated from Walker Road just north of milepost 10 and west of Big Bug Mesa, will be allowed back into their homes. More details can be found here for residents and what they can expect when returning home.
For any updates on closures, visit the Prescott National Forest website here.
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