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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.

Laurel Morales was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2011 to 2020.