Fire crews drop retardant on the Goodwin Fire, which is burning 14 miles south of Prescott and south of the community of Mayer. Scott Craven/azcentral.com
Officials on Tuesday ordered more mandatory evacuations for several areas near the Goodwin Fire, burning 14 miles south of Prescott near the community of Mayer.
The evacuations were ordered for everything west of Main Street in Mayer as well as the Breezy Pines subdivision, the area north of the Goodwin-Mayer Road/County Road 177, and west of Highway 69 from Mayer to Poland Junction, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.
The evacuations do not include areas east of Highway 69, which was closed Tuesday in both directions between Interstate 17 at Cordes Junction and the State Route 169 junction because of the fire on Tuesday.
SR 169 between Prescott Valley and I-17 and SR 89 via U.S. 60 and U.S. 93 through Wickenburg are alternate routes, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.
An earlier evacuation order for the community of Pine Flat is still in place, officials said.
Pre-evacuation notices have been ordered for Walker, Potato Patch, Mountain Pine Acres and Mount Union.
Officials on Tuesday also changed the location of a community meeting about the fire. The meeting will now be held Tuesday night at the Bradshaw Mountain High School gym at 6000 E. Long Look Drive in Prescott Valley at 6:30 p.m.
The fire has grown to about 4,400 acres and is burning in a remote area of rugged terrain. The thick, dry chaparral and ponderosa pine, combined with limited access, make conditions hazardous for firefighters, according to Tiffany Davila, Arizona Department of Forestry spokeswoman.
Motorists traveling to or from the Prescott area should research conditions, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Go to the Arizona traveler Information site at az511.gov, call 511 or follow ADOT on Twitter @ArizonaDOT.
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