The Goodwin Fire has scorched nearly 25,000 acres of the Prescott National Forest since the blaze broke out on Saturday afternoon, but authorities are hopeful that the worst is over.
Firefighting crews could potentially have the fire contained by midnight July 4, said Todd Abel, operations section chief for Southwest Area Incident Management Team.
More than 650 emergency personnel have been involved in combating the blaze, which was one-percent contained as of Thursday morning.
Who is evacuated?
Mayer residents were able to return to their homes as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning, after the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office lifted the mandatory evacuation order it issued Tuesday night.
The sheriff’s office reported numerous homes in Mayer continued to be without electricity, but power was estimated to be fully restored by the afternoon.
Officials said they are cautiously optimistic that suppression efforts on the eastern flank of the fire, where Mayer is located near State Route 69, will hold.
Mandatory evacuation orders are still in effect for Pine Flat, Breezy Pines, Poland Junction, Chauncey Ranch Rd., Mt. Union, Walker, Upper Blue Hills, Potato Patch, Dewey west of Highway 69, and Mountain Pine Acres.
What roads are closed?
Highway 69 remained closed from Interstate 17 at Cordes Junction to State Route 169 near Prescott Valley after the Arizona Department of Transportation closed the roadway on Tuesday.
The fire jumped across the highway that afternoon as it moved north, and has burned at least…
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