Goodwin Fire South Of Prescott Grows To 4400 Acres

Goodwin Fire burns over 4000 acres, forces residents to evacuate

Goodwin Fire burns over 4000 acres, forces residents to evacuate

The nearly 1,400 residents of Mayer in Yavapai County were forced to leave their community on Tuesday evening when the fire was 1 mile west of the town. "So that, one, is creating a hazard in itself for fire crews".

Map of the Goodwin Fire at 9 p.m. MDT June 27, 2017.

It forced the evacuation of several small towns: Mayer, Chaparral Hills and Poland Junction.

The fire is burning in communities around Prescott, a mountain city about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) north of Phoenix that draws a mix of desert dwellers escaping the heat, retirees and visitors to its famed Old West-themed Whiskey Row.

Beth Lund's Type 1 Incident Management Team which had been staged at Phoenix has been assigned to the fire.

Ducey said in a statement Wednesday that his office is receiving constant updates from state fire officials.

Winds pushed the fire Tuesday through dense fuels, some of which hasn't burned in about 40 years, authorities said. Dewey-Humboldt has about 4,000 residents; Mayer has about 1,400.

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Zerril Perkins in Dewey-Humboldt says he can smell the fire and is anxious it is headed in his direction.

Residents of a northern Arizona town that has been evacuated say they struggled to leave behind their homes. It has become the largest wildfire in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometers).

"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".

The fire was 1 percent contained as of Tuesday night.

Elsewhere across the western U.S., Utah firefighters braced for more high winds as they tried to slow a stubborn wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people from a ski resort town.

There have been no reported injuries from the Goodwin Fire, and authorities believe structures have been lost but are not certain yet how many.

While the fire was making its big run Tuesday, a weather station at Sunset Point 14 miles southeast of the fire recorded a temperature of 101 degrees, 3 percent relative humidity, and 11 to 15 mph winds out of the south to southwest winds gusting at 23 to 31 mph. Firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.

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