Rescued Fawn Update:
From the US Forest Service - Prescott National Forest:
"#GoodwinFire When we left the story of the rescued fawns, members of the #FlagstaffHotshots had discovered a pair of fawns threatened by advancing flames. They carried the fawns out of danger and placed them in nearby safe habitat. At the change-over from the night shift to day shift another crew found that one of the fawns seemed disoriented and was not doing well. This crew called the Arizona Game and Fish Department and stayed with the fawns until wildlife managers arrived. The Goodwin Fire fawns have been transported to a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. If they respond to treatment they will ultimately be released when old enough to make the transition back to a life in the wild. While Arizona Game and Fish Department encourage people not to pick up baby wildlife, under these extenuating circumstances the firefighters were moving the fawns out of harm’s way."
Update, 10:18 AM - Sheriff Mascher met with Fire Incident Commanders this morning and learned that ‘back burning’ operations are ongoing in an effort to assure a margin of protection from fire for the Walker and Potato Patch areas. As a result, it is not expected those evacuations will be lifted today, but 'potentially' tomorrow. Again, fire behavior will dictate the final decision but crews are doing an amazing job in this endeavor.
All cooperators involved in the Goodwin Fire truly appreciate the community cooperation and support, and understand the desire of residents to get back in their homes. Please remember this fire-fighting strategy is critical to continued success and the goal of full containment.
Forest Closures Reduced
PRESCOTT, AZ (July 2, 2017) – Prescott National Forest has reduced the size of the Goodwin Fire Temporary Closure Area. White Spar, Groom Creek Horse Camp, and Lower Wolf Creek Campgrounds; and all trails and trailheads west of Senator Hwy as well as the full extent of the Prescott Circle Trail will open to the public on Sunday July 2, at 2:00pm. All sites will be first-come, first-serve.
Prescott National Forest lands east of Senator Highway (County Road 57) continuing south on Forest Road 94C, then east along Forest Road 82A up to County Road 178 to the forest boundary and generally from Mayer north to Prescott Valley will remained closed to the public until such time that conditions are deemed safe. The closure area includes the Lynx Lake Corridor, Upper Wolf Creek, and Hilltop Campground. They will remain closed as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety and to allow safe travel for those involved in the Goodwin Fire.
For a complete description of the closure area and map visit the Prescott National Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/prescott.
For information on the closure please call the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.
Goodwin Fire Information
Location: Bradshaw Ranger District of Prescott National Forest; 14 miles south of Prescott, AZ (T12N R1W, S28)
Start date: June 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Size: Approximately 27,327 acres
Percent Contained: 53%
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources Assigned: Approximately 1,222 personnel
Vegetation: Predominantly dense chaparral and Ponderosa pine stands in drainages.
Firefighters made excellent progress overnight burning out an area near the northwest corner of Big Bug Mesa, east of Breezy Pines. The burnout operation is expected to be complete today. Additional fire retardant has been applied on this section of the fire to help reinforce the perimeter.
Patrolling, mopup and fireline rehabilitation continues to take place along the 62 miles of fire perimeter. Patrol flights yesterday saw little smoke coming from the southern and eastern portions of the fire. However, smoke could be seen from burning interior islands of vegetation and the burnout operation in the northwest. The public is reminded that smoke seen coming from interior portions of the fire is not a cause of concern at this time. Some ash devils were noticed yesterday and firefighters remain vigilant to ensure embers are not carried across firelines.
Winds are expected to be higher today with gusts from the southwest possibly reaching 25-30 mph.
Evacuation information: Although some evacuations have been lifted and roads reopened, property owners are urged to remain vigilant and monitor fire news. There is still active fire behavior, particularly in the northern portion of the fire, and conditions can change easily if impacted by high wind events.
Yesterday, evacuation orders were lifted for the following communities/areas: Blue Hills (power has been restored), Upper Blue Hills (power has been restored), Dewey/Humboldt all areas west of SR 69 south to mile post 280. (west Poland Junction remains under evacuation)
These communities remain under mandatory evacuation: SR 69 - west side from Grapevine Road north to Milepost 280, Poland Junction- west side, Pine Flat, Breezy Pines, Walker, Potato Patch, Mount Union, Mountain Pine Acres.
Please note: The Blue Hills/Upper Blue Hills area has fire suppression sprinklers that were installed by firefighters in various portions of the community. Please keep these areas clear and allow fire officials access to do their work.
For additional information regarding evacuations and pre-evacuations please call the Yavapai County Emergency Operation Center at (928) 442-5103, 7am – 7pm.