Containment Decreases as Crooks Fire Expands in Central Arizona

More than 740 personnel were fighting a wildfire burning south of Prescott in central Arizona as of Tuesday, April 26, fire officials said.

The Crooks Fire, which officials said was “burning in continuous thick, dry, dead, and down fuels in very rugged terrain” of the Prescott National Forest, was exacerbated by “erratic” winds that made conditions dangerous for firefighters.

As of April 26, the fire was estimated to be 6,454 acres in size and was 16 percent contained, according to fire officials. A total of 746 personnel were assigned to the scene.

The fire had been 22 percent contained on Monday, but fell to 16 percent due to “increased fire growth and acreage,” officials said Tuesday morning.

Video from Prescott Indivisible shows a plume of smoke billowing from the Crooks Fire, taken around noon on Monday, they said. Credit: Prescott Indivisible via Storyful

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