Goodwin Fire Near Mayer Burns More Than 4000 Acres

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The Goodwin Fire had burned about 21,000 acres as of noon Wednesday.

The Goodwin Fire began Saturday and quickly grew to 4,400 acres by Monday morning before exploding to almost 18,000 by late Tuesday night.

Firefighters gained ground against a fierce, five-day-old wildfire in central Arizona on Thursday, enabling authorities to lift evacuation orders for the largest town that had been threatened, but 2,000 people remain displaced in neighboring communities.

Stina Sieg from member station KJZZ in Phoenix spoke to some residents forced from their homes and seeking refuge at a Red Cross shelter in Prescott Valley.

Brian Head residents are back home for the most part and businesses are open again.

Over 150 firefighters worked Tuesday night creating dozer lines between the fire and Mayer. "I can't even tell you how I feel right now, just shocked, devastated and not knowing for sure if I've got a home to come to that's still standing or not", Shoat said.

More than 600 personnel are assigned to the Goodwin Fire and it is only 1 percent contained.

It comes on the heels of a near two-week heat wave that settled over the Southwest earlier this month, bringing temperatures of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Firefighters were successful Wednesday in halting the spread of the Goodwin Fire near Mayer, Arizona.

Davila says the very windy conditions are blowing the fire toward those communities and prompted the increased evacuations.

Governor Doug Ducey has declared a state of emergency in Yavapai County, which frees up additional funds for firefighting efforts.

"It's scary because we're coming up on the four-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill fire - there's still a lot of fresh memories", said Arizona state Sen. It continues to burn around 40,000 acres of rugged terrain in Arizona's Pinaleno Mountain Range. In Idaho, state fire officials are praising the quick responses of farmers and others to the 20 or so wildfires sparked by lightning.

The blaze, dubbed the Goodwin Fire, has charred almost 25,000 acres (10,120 hectares) and destroyed an unknown number of homes after erupting on Saturday in the Prescott National Forest, 70 miles (113 km) north of Phoenix.

Elsewhere across the western USA, a fire in the foothills north of Los Angeles was burned right up to homes before the blaze was beaten back.

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