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Goodwin Fire: Arizona Gov. Ducey Declares State Of Emergency

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued a state of emergency in Yavapai County due to the Goodwin Fire, which has burned 25,000 acres since Saturday. Officials reported Wednesday the fire burning in the Prescott National Forest is only 1-percent contained.

According to the governor's office, $200,000 of emergency funds will be directed to the fire suppression efforts.

The fire has forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 people in central Arizona. 

When Dewy resident David Eastlack left for work Wednesday morning, he knew things weren’t good.

"There was already ash falling in the sky," Eastlack said.

Soon, he got the word to go home, pack and leave.

"It sucks, it is what it is. Didn’t want to get run out of our home," Eastlack said. "But, I mean what can you do? You’ve got to grab what you can, grab what you love and get out.

For Eastlack and his wife, that meant their three daughters and three dogs.

Before Shauna Shoat evacuated from the tiny community of Poland Junction, she helped her neighbors load up their livestock. She said she was one of the last to get out with her 2-year-old son, four dogs, two ducks and a chicken.

"I can’t even tell you how I feel right now, just shocked, devastated and not knowing for sure if I’ve got a home to come to that’s still standing or not — to be honest," Shoat said.

As her son picks out clothing and toys at the shelter, Shoat said she never thought she’d need this kind of help.

"It’s humbling. But very grateful at the same time," she said.

Fire officials are unsure how the fire started and have no estimate of when evacuees can return home.

When senior field correspondent Stina Sieg was 22, she moved to the desert. She hasn’t been the same since. At the time, the Northern California native had just graduated from college and was hankering for wide-open spaces. So she took a leap and wrote to nearly every newspaper in New Mexico until one offered her a job. That’s how she became the photographer for a daily paper in the small town of Silver City. And that’s when she realized how much she loved storytelling. In the years since, the beauty of having people open up and share their stories — and trust her to tell them — has never gotten old to Sieg. Before coming to KJZZ, Sieg was also a writer and photographer at newspapers in Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Moab, Utah; and the Smoky Mountains town of Waynesville, North Carolina. She always had her hand in public radio, too, including hosting Morning Edition on a fill-in basis at WNCW in North Carolina. It’s still the best music station she’s found. When she’s not reporting, chances are Sieg is running, baking, knitting or driving to some far-flung town deep in the desert — just to see what it looks like.