Fire Managers Hopeful Changing Weather Could Boost Goodwin Fire Containment

  • Fire Managers Hopeful Changing Weather Could Boost Goodwin Fire Containment

Fire Managers Hopeful Changing Weather Could Boost Goodwin Fire Containment

Smoke rises from the Goodwin Fire which had prompted the evacuation of the town of Mayer, Arizona, U.S. June 27, 2017.

Some of the 200 firefighters on the scene are providing protection for nearby neighborhoods, but there are no evacuations. It was at 4,400 acres Tuesday morning.

Fire managers said Thursday at 25-mph wind gusts expanded the wildfire near the ski resort town of Brian Head to more than 91 square miles, though firefighters boosted its containment to 15 percent.

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State Route 69 was shut down Tuesday afternoon between Interstate 17 and Fain Road because of the fire.

"We had to shut down all the aircraft, we could not help the firefighters from keeping fire from those structures", he said.

Drivers should expect delays on any alternate route. We got that break in that weather. "I'm babysitting my brother's horses - he's in Mexico - and I don't even know what I'm doing", Josie Longo said.

The governor and his fellow officials said they have great confidence in the strides taken to control the spread of this blaze, but refuse to become complacent. Mascher said his deputies would arrange for the animal to be retrieved. "This is terrifying", Longo said. "If it got destroyed in the fire, it's just stuff". The hell with the rest.

"That's the country we've been anxious about because of this alignment and the type of fuels that are there", Gordon said.

California's largest fire, covering almost 10 square miles (26 sq. kilometers) in Riverside County, is 86 percent contained.

Walker, Potato Patch, Mountain Pines Acres and Mount Union are under pre-evacuation orders.

A Red Cross shelter for evacuees was set up at Bradshaw High School in Prescott Valley.

The firefighters left from London yesterday with the rest of the 20-person crew made up of firefighters from the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Cumberland Gap National Park.

Despite this knowledge, the priority for fire treatment has always been immediately surrounding the communities, rather than deeper into the woods where the fire has been able to flourish and gain momentum.

The backcountry it has been racing through is hard to access, the terrain is steep and rugged, and the fuel loads (vegetation) haven't burned in at least 45 or 50 years.

Investigators are still trying to figure how the fire started.

Pete Gordon, Prescott National Forest Fire Chief, said this fire in particular has presented many challenges.

Anyone who may have concerns or questions regarding pre-evacuations, evacuations and road closures can contact the Yavapai County emergency Operations Center at 928-442-5103.