Goodwin Fire forces evacuation of Mayer, Arizona

Mayer Arizona Goodwin Fire 2:40 pm MDT 6-27-2017

Above: The map shows the approximate location of the Goodwin Fire at 2:40 pm MDT, June 27, 2017. The data was supplied by a NOAA satellite and is a very rough estimate.

(UPDATED at 8:31 p.m. MDT June 27, 2017)
(Originally published at 5:57 p.m. MDT June 27, 2017)

The spread of the Goodwin Fire toward Highway 69 and Mayer, Arizona forced the mandatory evacuation Tuesday afternoon of the entire town and its 928 residents. The community of Pine Flat was previously evacuated.

According to satellite data we acquired at 2:40 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, at that time the Goodwin Fire was 12 miles southeast of Prescott, 1 mile west of Mayer, and 6 miles southwest of Dewey-Humboldt. According to the data, the fire has burned approximately 13,000 acres —  that is a VERY unofficial estimate, three times the size determined by an infrared mapping flight Monday night, which was 4,400 acres. Consider the 13,000 acre figure preliminary and a very rough estimate until the next mapping flight Tuesday night.

smoke Goodwinda and Brian Head Fires
At 7:37 p.m. MDT a satellite photographed smoke from the Goodwin and Brian Head Fires.

On Tuesday afternoon the fire was driven by southwest to southeast winds of 8 to 15 mph with gusts up to 22 mph. A weather station at Spring Valley southeast of the fire Tuesday afternoon recorded 95 degrees and a relative humidity of 6 percent.

C-130 Drop Goodwin Fire
A C-130 drops on the Goodwin Fire Tuesday evening, June 27. Screen grab from Fox10 live video.

The fire started three days ago on June 24 and is being managed by John Pierson’s Type 1 Incident Management Team.

Diane Souder, a spokesperson for the fire, said Tuesday at 5:50 p.m. MDT resources working on the fire included 2 air tankers, 4 helicopters, 29 engines, and 525 personnel.

Map of the Goodwin Fire
Map of the Goodwin Fire posted by John Pierson’s Type 1 Incident Management Team June 27, 2017.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

7 thoughts on “Goodwin Fire forces evacuation of Mayer, Arizona”

  1. I cannot believe what I just read the residents that are being evacuated to Prescott Valley can pick up their mail in Camp Verde on Wednesday Prescott Valley is just 15 minutes north of mayor Camp Verde is 10 minutes south of Prescott Valley towards the fire they were evacuated From And 30 minutes east Passing 2 post offices along the way Great thinking Just what we need more traffic on the alternate route which will already be over congested with Highway 69 being closed I know there is a lot going on but can’t they come up with something better maybe one truck bringing all of the mail to one of the two post offices all of these residents will have to pass along the way to get their mail ? And can we get some news coverage of what the fire is projected to do is the fire expected to move more north towards the Dewey Humboldt Area ?

  2. What was the name of the huge fire South of Prescott and due West of Mayer, Arizona, That burned thousands of acres, all the way to Crown King, in the late 1960’s….I think 1969 but not sure. What was the name of that terrible fire? I cannot remember.

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