Current Acreage: 20,644
Percent contained: 1%
From the Southwest Area Type 1 Team:
The Goodwin Fire responded to critical weather and fuel conditions yesterday, and despite exemplary work on the ground and in the air, grew to 20,644 acres. The fire crossed State Highway 69 about half way between Poland Junction and Mayer not long after the road was closed due to heavy smoke at mid-afternoon. The section where the fire crossed Highway 69 was about a quarter mile wide. The fire then burned about 500 acres to the northeast. A newly established mobile retardant base close to the fire provided 88,000 gallons of retardant to rotor aircraft in nine hours. That figure doesn’t include the retardant dropped by the large air tankers that were loading at a nearby airport. Fixed wing aircraft and helicopters worked throughout the critical burning period protecting threatened structures and aiding firefighting efforts on the ground. The primary goal yesterday was to protect the communities of Pine Flat, Poland Junction and Mayer from the advancing fire. A substantial smoke column was visible throughout the afternoon, briefly growing to look like a thunderstorm cloud above the most severe fire activity. This cloud is called a pyro cumulus. This morning cold fire ash was dropping in Dewey-Humboldt.
The fire was active last night. Over 150 firefighters worked in the overnight hours to impede the progress of the fire. They encountered increased fire activity at 2:30 a.m. where the fire had crossed Hwy 69. Night crews burned out and improved bulldozer lines put in yesterday to protect Mayer. At dawn, the fire was already advancing across the ridge above Poland Junction. The incident meteorologist has reported that a local red flag warning has been issued for today, signaling another extremely dangerous day for firefighters on the line. To date there have been no injuries on the Goodwin Fire. Fire officials have strongly reminded firefighters that their lives and the lives of the public are the most important of the many values at risk due to this extremely dangerous fire.
Today large air tankers began making retardant drops at 8 a.m. Three helicopters started work at 7 a.m. Additional helicopters will join the activity later in the day to insure continuous aircraft availability until nightfall. In addition to the heavy emphasis on structure protection, firefighters will, as conditions allow, be holding and improving fire lines on more stable parts of the fire perimeter to the west and south.
- Animal disaster services will be at the shelter for small pets. Large animals can be taken to the Coors building at the old horse track at 10501 East State Rte. 89A. Large animal owners will need provide containers for feeding and watering. Water is available on site.
Evacuations have been ordered for...
- All of Mayer,
- The area west of Highway 69, from Mayer to Poland Junction.
- Poland Junction, Chaparral Hills and the Breezy Pines subdivision
- The evacuation remains in place for Pine Flat.
- Walker, Potato Patch, Mountain Pine Acres and Mount Union and the Blue Hills area.
- Walker Road will be exit only
Pre-Evacuation: Pre-evacuations have been ordered for Orme School, and Dewey-Humboldt.
Hwy 69 from Fain Road to 169 South bound is for response vehicles only.
Shelter locations: Bradshaw High School. Future shelters are being setup in anticipation of future evacuations
Spots available for RVs at the old rodeo grounds at 10501 East State Rte. 89A in PV for those displaced by the fire. Please call the phone bank at 928-442-5103 to verify availability.
If time permits:
- IMPORTANT—tie a white towel or any large white cloth to or near the front door. This tells rescuers that you have evacuated.
- Unplug all appliances except the refrigerator and freezer
- Turn off gas or propane
- Close drapes and blinds
- Turn on exterior lights.
- Lock all doors and windows.
- Secure outdoor items and valuables
- Arrange for evacuation of 2nd cars, etc.
Please make sure you are prepared to evacuation, get your important papers together, prescriptions, photos, supplies for children, take your pets and all pet supplies.
Please make sure you are signed up for Code Red with Yavapai County Sherriff's Office at: http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/Emergency-Preparedness/Emergency-Notification-System information is strictly confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.
Please consider following YCSO on Twitter (https://twitter.com/YavapaiSheriff) and/or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/).
For additional Fire information such as acres please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5278/.
Smoke from the Goodwin Fire is visible and concerning in the quad-cities, but not yet at levels in that might cause harm. ADEQ monitors register the area in the “Good” range. As long as you can still see things that are 5 to 10 miles away you can be reasonably sure you won’t have a medical emergency caused by smoke inhalation. Conditions are being monitored and communities will be alerted as needed. If you start to feel sick or faint contact your doctor immediately.
Particulate matter is a component of smoke from wildfires and consists of fine particles such as soot and ash that can reach deep into the lungs and may contain irritating and toxic compounds. Some of the symptoms related to exposure to smoke from wildfires include:
- Eye, nose, mouth and/or throat irritation;
- Trouble breathing;
- Tightness of the chest;
- and/or the onset of symptoms related to pre-existing respiratory ailments like asthma or emphysema.
If smoke from wildfires is affecting you and your family consider some of the following actions:
- If you smell smoke and/or are beginning to experience symptoms, consider temporarily locating to another area as long as it is safe for you to do so.
- Move indoors and stay there with doors and windows closed.
- Run the air conditioning, the fan feature on your home heating system with the heat turned off.
- The filtration systems on home systems can provide some benefit.
- Run room air filtration units.
- Reduce your physical activity level. Do not exercise.
At night the falling air temperatures tend to cause smoke to move to lower elevations. Communities near the fire may be affected by poor air quality and residents are advised to stay tuned to radios and scanners for alerts.
For additional information please watch the Yavapai County Emergency Managers Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ycoem.