Prescott fire could impact Fourth of July travel plans | Local News Stories – Arizona News

Prescott fire could impact Fourth of July travel plans | Local News Stories – Arizona News

As the Havasu region heats up, many drivers are expected to retreat north to cooler climes. As Lake Havasu City experiences a continued heat wave this weekend, things are a little hotter in Northern Arizona.

Stage-Two fire restrictions remain in place throughout Northern Arizona, prohibiting the use of open flames or grilling as wildfires continue to smolder across the state. One of the most recent examples is the Goodwin fire, in the area of Prescott, which consumed more than 20,000 acres as of Thursday evening. Fire officials will work throughout the weekend to subdue the Goodwin fire, and appear to be making progress, but authorities are still urging caution for weekend travelers.

On Thursday morning, the Goodwin Fire raged, with only one percent of the blaze contained, according to Flagstaff Ranger District spokeswoman Diane Souder. By Thursday evening, the fire was 30 percent contained, yet thoroughfares west of Prescott remained closed as about 750 fire officials continued suppression efforts.

“The weather is more temperate than (Wednesday),” Souder said Thursday. “There’s more humidity in the air, and there are more crews on the fire. Many areas are still under evacuation so that firefighters can reach hot spots in the area.”

According to Tiffany Davila, of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, fire activity has been more common in the areas of Prescott and Flagstaff this year, and Stage-Two fire restrictions are expected to begin throughout the rest of Arizona as well.

“This activity could have a…

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