Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Arizona governor: Wildfire is top priority

Arizona governor: Wildfire is top priority

At least 1,000 personnel were fighting the blaze Wednesday morning.

The fire jumped the highway about 5 p.m. Tuesday. The previous night it was at 4,400 acres and had expanded to about 12,000 acres by 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.

A fast-moving wildfire charred more than 7 square miles in north-central Arizona on Tuesday and forced the evacuation of the town of Mayer as a precaution, along with other areas.

The weather forecast for Wednesday is not good news for firefighters.

Authorities said Mayer's post office has been closed until further notice because of the fire, which was fanned Tuesday by 35 miles per hour winds.

Operating any internal combustion engine from 9 a.m.to 8 p.m.

The area evacuated does not extend east of Highway 69.

Tiffany Davila of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says the fire is in a rugged area, and heavy winds Monday and Tuesday have made it hard to suppress.

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.

Goodwin Fire managers and cooperators have been receiving inquiries regarding structures damaged or destroyed during the first day of Goodwin Fire.

"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. However, this can only be accomplished when it is safe for deputies to enter, complete an accurate assessment, and determine ownership. In the meantime, the patience of those residents who have been evacuated is greatly appreciated. John Pierson's Type 1 Incident Management Team is already there.

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