The Goodwin Fire was reported at 20,400 acres and 1 percent containment Wednesday evening, June 28.
Fire crews were successful in keeping the advancing flames from entering Mayer, due to previous fuels mitigation treatment in the area, but evacuations were ordered in more communities that had been given pre-evacuation instructions.
About 1,000 people were working the fire Wednesday, but they battled the triple threat of high temperatures, low humidity and winds that gusted up to 30 mph.
Incident Commander John Pierson said, “We do know that there have been some structures lost,” but that crews have not had the chance to go in yet and assess what they were or how many have been destroyed.
“I would tell our communities, especially within the Highway 69 corridor, that there is a likelihood of more evacuation, based on the expected weather and conditions,” Pierson said. “If the fire becomes established … we’ll be working with the Yavapai Sheriff’s department to implement evacuation procedures (in Dewey-Humboldt).”
Central Arizona Fire Chief Scott Freitag said the incident command team had requested his agency initiate a general recall, which calls all off-duty employees to work, Wednesday for structure protection duty.
“We called a general recall to staff additional equipment,” Freitag said, “and that equipment is being utilized to protect properties within our fire district boundaries.”
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued a declaration of emergency in Yavapai County, directing $200,000 of emergency funds to the fire suppression efforts, making state government assets available to the firefight, and making eligible…
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