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After the Goodwin Fire
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15 August 2017  
All photos courtesy of Matt Santos/MSP Photography.

It was June 24, 2017 when the Goodwin Fire started. 


A Type 1 Incident Management Team was called within 24 hours. By the time the fire was completely contained, it had burned approximately 28,516 acres.

The fire started in an area covered with dense brush, so thick that it was almost impossible to tell where one shrub started and the other ended. Two men from the forest service were driving by when they saw smoke in the distance. KC Yowell  and his Supervisor Sarah Tomsky explained what happened.

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

In this photo, you can see the burned area in the foreground. On the other side of the road the brush is thick, impenetrable. 

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

In the distance, a forest of pine trees is visible, it’s known as Pine Flat. The fire was moving fast, and within an hour the trigger point was reached, requiring the evacuation of that little community. 

The road, which is currently closed to all but residents, is not exactly on an obviously-found track.

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

It’s a narrow road, just one lane in most places. Supervisor Thom Thurman noted that getting people out, while getting fire engines in, proved to be a huge challenge. 

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Some homes in the middle of, well, nothing, were saved.

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Pine Flat is a tight-knit community, entirely off the grid. Not everyone wanted to evacuate. But, in the end, even the most reluctant were persuaded to leave.

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

On Thursday, August 10, Senator Jeff Flake toured the Goodwin Fire burned area. Supervisor Thurman explained what occurred.

Now signs warn residents to beware of scammers - unfortunately, there are people that prey on the misfortunes of others during difficult times.

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

The burn area still looks desolate in many places along the road. 

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Most of the fuel burned was chaparral and manzanita in this particular area. 

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

But some of the older trees were also burned. 

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

 Some trees have already been marked by the Forest Service.

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Although it seems desolate in spots, a closer look offers encouragement. 

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

It's only been about 6 weeks, but with the help of monsoon rains, green is popping up irrepressibly. 

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Some pockets of green still remain from before the fire. And a few century cactus are standing. 

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Right now, there’s even a little seasonal creek running across the road. 

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

That seasonal creek is lovely. But flooding is always a concern after a fire.

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

The community of Mayer was evacuated during the Goodwin Fire, but when it was all over, most residents sustained very little damage. Until the floods, that is. 

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

According to the National Forest Service, the Goodwin Fire Closure remains in effect until the terrain is stabilized. 

Goodwin Fire, Burn area, Prescott National Forest, Prescott eNews

 


All photos by Matt Santos Website | Facebook | Twitter | Podcast

The map is provided by Prescott National Forest.

Lynne LaMaster

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