Wind and Rugged Terrain Lead to Rapid Spread of Goodwin Fire

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According to the data, the fire has burned approximately 13,000 acres, three times the size predicted by an infrared mapping flight Monday night.

Officials evacuated the almost 1,500 residents in the Town of Mayer Tuesday, along with the area west of State Route 69, Poland Junction, Chaparral Hills, Breezy Pines, and Pine Flat.

Pre-evacuation preparations have been ordered for Walker, Potato Patch, Mountain Pines Acres and Mount Union. Tiffany Davila, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, said dense chaparral, rugged terrain and winds add to hazardous conditions firefighters face while combatting the blaze.

The Goodwin Fire south of Prescott that began over the weekend continues to burn and has grown to 4,400 acres.

"Not only do our hearts go out to those who have been displaced, but our attention and resources are focused heavily on containing the fire and protecting property and lives".


Pete Gordon, fire chief for Prescott National Forest, reminded residents that 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died on a hill four years ago on June 30 while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire 33 miles from Prescott. During a community meeting Tuesday night at the school, officials said that flames had crossed SR 69 between I-17 and the junction with State Route 169 near Mayer. The fire was about 14 miles south of the Yavapai County city.

High temperatures, wind and dry chaparral and Ponderosa pines were contributing to erratic burning.

More than 500 firefighters, including six hotshot crews, were battling the blaze, which was 5 percent contained.

"I'm issuing [Friday]'s declaration to make sure they have every resource needed to do their jobs and protect our communities", Ducey said in a release.

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