Arizona wildfire forces hundreds from homes

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Pete Gordon, fire chief for Prescott National Forest, reminded residents that 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died on a hill four years ago on June 30 while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire 33 miles from Prescott.

The state forestry department posted on Twitter on Tuesday night: "Fire crews working w/ "volatile and explosive" fuels".

Officials evacuated the almost 1,500 residents in the Town of Mayer Tuesday, along with the area west of State Route 69, Poland Junction, Chaparral Hills, Breezy Pines, and Pine Flat.

The fire also knocked out power to five areas, affecting about 3,000 customers, APS reported.

Firefighters are establishing a perimeter around Mayer, a town of 1,400 residents.

The cause of the fire, which started on Saturday 14 miles south of Prescott, was still under investigation. Potential evacuations were ordered for Walker, Potato Patch Campground, Mountain Pines Acres, and Mount Union as the fire progresses.

Smoke from the Goodwin Fire is also impacting several communities in northern and central Arizona including the Flagstaff area.

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A Red Cross shelter for evacuees was set up at Bradshaw High School in Prescott Valley.

"Make sure they have their prescription medication, water, some food, their pets - just be prepared and ready to go if and when the sheriff's office comes calling, telling you, 'You need to leave, '" Tiffany Davila with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said.

On Tuesday, the danger to Mayer was highlighted by a C-130 airtanker's slurry drops between Mayer and the advancing front of the fire.

A Type 1 Incident Management Team took over command of the fire at 6 a.m. Monday.

For information on evacuations, call the Yavapai County Emergency Operation Center at 928-422-5103.

Daily Courier Photo Editor Les Stukenberg is broadcasting live on Facebook from near the Goodwin Fire.