Prescott National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2971 Willow Creek Rd
Prescott, AZ 86303
Goodwin Fire Update
July 7, 2017, 9:00 am
Location: Bradshaw Ranger District of Prescott National Forest; 14 miles south of Prescott, AZ (T12N R1W, S28)
Start date: June 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Size: Approximately 28,516 acres
Percent Contained: 95%
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources Assigned: 159 personnel
Vegetation: Predominantly dense chaparral and ponderosa pine stands in drainages.
Fire Summary: In the northwest corner of the Goodwin fire, near Big Bug Mesa, pockets of fuel inside the fire perimeter will continue to burn out and a few isolated, single-tree torching instances are possible, but unlikely to threaten containment lines. Crews will continue chipping, fence repair, and scattering of brush on the dozer and handlines.
The Prescott National Forest Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has started its initial assessment of the impacts of the Goodwin wildfire. The assessment identifies areas of severe burn and potential threats to human life and safety, property, and potential threats to important cultural and natural resources.
Those who live downstream from burned areas should be aware that the potential for flooding and debris flows increases dramatically after a fire. Even after prescribed emergency actions are implemented to minimize the postfire risks, the burned area still poses a risk from potential flooding and debris flows.
REMINDER: For maps of the area closure that is still in effect on the Prescott National Forest visit (www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott) or Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5278/).
It is important that residents take steps to protect themselves and their property from flooding and mudflows. Residents living near or around a recently burned area should:
• Monitor local weather reports and public safety bulletins, local road closures, emergency notifications, weather alerts, and follow local, county, and city advisories.
• Use a Weather Radio—http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/allhazard.htm, or smart phone weather app— AccuWeather, Weather Channel or WeatherBug. All apps are free and available on both Android and iOS platforms.
• Prepare to evacuate if emergency authorities determine that flooding and mudflows are expected.
The forecast for the foreseeable future calls for monsoon rains. Residents in these areas should monitor the National Weather Service (weather radio or Web sources http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/fgz/), and/or local news media outlets for flash flood warnings due to increased risk of flooding in streams and washed below the Goodwin Fire burn area. Additional flood information is available from the Yavapai County Flood Control District (http://www.ycflood.com/).