Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Evacuations increase as Goodwin Fire spreads to 21000 acres

Evacuations increase as Goodwin Fire spreads to 21000 acres

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The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed State Route 69 between Cordes Junction and Prescott because the smoke has reduced visibility. Fire crews return from fighting a wildfire near the ski town of Brian Head Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Panguitch, Utah.

"Getting closer to Mayer, it looked like we were driving into some alien sort of invasion, like the whole sky was on fire", she said.

This does not include areas east of Highway 69.

The fire also knocked out power to five areas, affecting about 3,000 customers, APS reported.

The fire jumped the highway about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Over 600 firefighters are battling the blaze that has already burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers).

Winds pushed the fire Tuesday through dense fuels, some of which hasn't burned in about 40 years, authorities said.

A pre-evacuation notice was put in place for Walker, Potato Ranch and Mountain Pine Acres.

Mayer has about 1,400 residents, and a shelter was set up at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley. Large animals can be taken to the Coors building at the old horse track, 10501 E. Highway 89A; owners must supply containers for feeding and watering.

The so-called Goodwin Fire, which has destroyed an unknown number of homes and is named after an area where it broke out on Saturday, is one of several major fires burning in the U.S. West, where abnormally dry conditions persist in some areas despite heavy rainfall this past winter.

The Hill Fire has blackened about 1,600 acres (647 hectares) and is 65 percent contained after destroying three structures, officials said.

Officials said strong winds helped fuel the fire burning mostly through chaparral and heavy grass that have been untouched for almost 40 years.

A Type 1 Incident Management Team took over command of the fire at 6 a.m. Monday.

Perkins and his wife received their second Yavapai County red alert detailing a potential evacuation from the town Wednesday morning.

Daily Courier Photo Editor Les Stukenberg is broadcasting live on Facebook from near the Goodwin Fire.

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