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Goodwin Fire Forces Home Evacuations, Highway Closure

Goodwin Fire
(Photo by Stina Sieg - KJZZ)
The Goodwin Fire can be seen as you enter Dewey-Humboldt.

The Goodwin Fire has burned 20,000 acres near Prescott since Saturday, and weather conditions aren’t making containment any easier.

Incident Cmdr. John Pierson said the primary objective now is keeping homes and buildings in the fire’s path safe.

"The prognosis of the fire is we’re dealing some extreme conditions out in the landscape," Pierson said. "We’re focused on point protection of values at risk primarily associated with that area within the Highway 69 corridor.”

The fire has forced the evacuation of the town of Mayer and the closure of State Route 69 between Cordes Junction and Prescott.

Mayer resident Danny Kortenber said he’s a little worried about his home’s safety.

"Well it’s a little discerning, I mean you don’t know," Kortenber said. "At this point we don’t know we’ve been told the fire did not go through our neighborhood, but we don’t know that for a fact, so just not knowing if your home is still there is a little bothersome."

Daniel Perle rejoined the KJZZ team in May 2019, after interning during the summer of 2017.A recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Perle served as the editor-in-chief of the online student-run newspaper, the Downtown Devil, and as the news director for Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run station. While in school, Perle reported on enterprise topics such as former Arizona Cardinals players suffering from the aftermath of their careers in football and the process which felons in Arizona must go through to restore their right to vote.When he’s not in the newsroom — and probably when he’s in it — Perle is scrolling through Twitter. Other than that, he enjoys reading Kurt Vonnegut novels and practicing his three-point shooting.