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Crooks Fire community meeting Thursday night, April , 6 p.m.: some communities still evacuated, Stage1 Fire Restrictions planned

A community meeting will be held Thursday evening for updates and information on the Crooks Fire burning in the Bradshaw Mountains.

The meeting is at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott at 6 p.m. and can also be streamed at the Prescott National Forest’s Facebook page.

The Crooks Fire has grown to about 9,000 acres and is now 23% contained. Fire crews Wednesday battled strong winds and low humidity, which hampered firefighting efforts. Officials expect more gusty winds and dry conditions Thursday. Several communities remain in Go evacuation status and others are in Set status.

Officials on the Prescott National Forest have expanded the closure area put in place because of the Crooks Fire. They say the aim of the decision is to increase public health and safety as the fire continues to actively burn. The closure includes a broad swath of forest land stretching from just south Prescott to the town of Crown King. The restrictions will be in place until Tue, May 3. State Route 89 remains open in the area.

Forest officials will implement stage 1 fire restrictionsacross the entire Prescott National Forest beginning Thu, May 5. It prohibits fires outside of developed recreation sites and includes limits on smoking and shooting.