Governor Doug Ducey declares state of emergency in Yavapai County for Goodwin Fire

PRESCOTT, AZ - Governor Doug Ducey has declared a state of emergency in Yavapai County for the Goodwin Fire, according to the Office of the Governor. 

The wildfire, which has burned more more than 20,000 acres in the Prescott National Forest, has forced evacuations in several surrounding communities.

"My office continues to coordinate with state agencies and local emergency response officials with a focus on saving lives, protecting property and making sure evacuees have the shelter and support necessary," Governor Ducey said in a news release. 

Close to 1,000 personnel are responding to the fire which is currently one percent contained. 

Ducey's declaration will direct $200,000 of emergency funds to fire suppression efforts. The declaration will also make "eligible reimbursements for emergency response and recovery costs."

"This emergency declaration will ensure every necessary resource at the state's disposal is made available to assist firefighters and provide aid to displaced residents. We continue to stand ready to take further action as needed and provide whatever support is necessary. I thank all the firefighters, first responders and professionals involved in this effort for their continued dedication," Ducey said in the release.

For those seeking information on updates and information about the fire, call the Yavapai County Emergency Operations Center at 928-442-5103.

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