PRESCOTT, AZ - The Goodwin Fire has burned approximately 28,516 acres in the Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
Fire officials say the fire sparked 14 miles south of Prescott on June 24. On Monday morning fire officials said the Goodwin Fire was now 96% contained.
Officials estimate to have the fire contained by July 13.
On July 1 an unmanned aircraft (or a drone) was seen flying over the fire. The incident forced firefighting aircrafts to land as a result. According to officials, the drone endangered the lives of firefighters.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident. There's a "temporary flight restriction" in place during the fire. Offenders who are caught using a drone will be prosecuted.
Large animals can be transported to the Coors building at the old horse track at 10501 East State Route 89A. Owners will need to provide containers for feeding and watering. Water is available on site.
ROAD CLOSURE INFO:
From the Department of Forestry and Fire:
The following youth camps have been closed as a caution because of the fire:
The Prescott Forest Service says power was restored to most of Mayer on Thursday afternoon. Structures providing power and water to Mayer were damaged by the fire.
Residents without power or water can go to the recreation center in Mayer. If your power goes out, contact APS at 1-800-240-2014.
BLUE HILLS RESIDENTS:
Fire suppression sprinklers have been placed in various portions in the Blue Hills and Upper Blue Hills area. Fire officials ask residents to keep these areas clear and to allow officials access to do their work.
From the Department of Forestry and Fire:
PHONE LINES: The Yavapai County Emergency Operations Center and the phone bank will stay open 24 hours for those seeking information, updates or those with questions can call 928-442-5103. APS also has a 24-hour customer care center phone line that can be reached by calling 602-371-7171.
EVACUATION CENTERS: The evacuation center has been moved from Mayer High School to Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley. (Address: 6000 E. Long Look Dr, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314). A community meeting was also held at Bradshaw Mountain High School at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Salvation Army is immobilizing its Emergency Disaster team to help those affected by the Goodwin Fire.
By Wednesday night they expect to have two canteen units available which are capable of serving 1,500 meals per day. Over the last 24 hours they’ve fed 100 people at a Red Cross Shelter.
The Red Cross has also opened an evacuation center at Yavapai College in Prescott, at 1100 E Sheldon Street building number 2. Pets are also accepted at building number 4.
If you’d like to donate text the word Goodwin to 51555.
For information on evacuations, call the Yavapai County Emergency Operation Center at 928-422-5103.
Over 100 personnel are working fire operations including Prescott police, deputies from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, and utility crews. They're working to establish fire lines by using roads and natural features to slow the progression of the fire, which is working its way through dense chaparral more than 40 years old and Ponderosa pines.
The cause of the fire is not known at this time and remains under investigation.
On Wednesday Governor Ducey declared a State of Emergency for Yavapai County.
Governor Ducey released the following statement Wednesday morning:
"I want the residents of Yavapai County to know the Goodwin Fire is the state of Arizona's top priority right now, and we remain fully engaged on the ground with our partners. 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. My office is receiving real-time updates from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, which is coordinating with local, regional and federal fire officials. As always, we are indebted to the firefighters, first responders and local community leaders who are managing and fighting this fire, as well as the many other fires throughout the state right now. The next 24 hours will be critical, and the state will provide whatever support and resources are necessary to assist firefighters and residents in the region."
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