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Goodwin Fire Now 43 Percent Contained

Public Information Officer Gerry Perry
(Photo by Laurel Morales - KJZZ)
Public Information Officer Gerry Perry.

More than 1,000 firefighters are still working to keep the Goodwin Fire from reaching dozens of homes south of Prescott. The 25,000-acre blaze is now 43 percent contained.

Public Information Officer Gerry Perry said fire officials look at what’s called the Hanes Index to determine how to fight the fire. The index measures factors like heat and humidity and ranges from one to worst case scenario, six. On Friday, it was rated a five.

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"If we do get a spot fire that starts somewhere from a spark it has a very high potential to grow quickly. So we’re not out of the woods yet with this fire," said Perry.

Mayer and East Poland Junction evacuees have been allowed to return home, but many people are still displaced.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued a state of emergency in Yavapai County on Thursday.

Known as “the informer” among her siblings, Laurel Morales came by reporting naturally.She’s been a public radio reporter since 1998, cutting tape with a razor blade at KQED’s California Report. She traded in her flip-flops for snow boots to work for Minnesota Public Radio, where she received her first digital recorder. But Morales has spent most of her career in northern Arizona where she’s had the honor to witness a Miss Navajo sheep butchering contest, a Havasupai medicine woman’s ceremony, and a group of blind teens hike the Grand Canyon.She joined KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk in 2011. In 2017, Morales produced a multi-platform project called Earth+Bone about what tribes believe to be sacred and what Westerners consider fair game. She’s won several awards for her work, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for her continuing coverage of the Yarnell Hill Fire. She earned her master’s in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.