Dangerous conditions at Goodwin Fire force crews to step away

A wildfire near Prescott forces home evacuations for residence at Pine Flat.

SPRING VALLEY, Ariz. - After taking a short break because of dangerous fire behavior Monday, crews were back on the line protecting a community south of Prescott from the Goodwin Fire Monday evening.

More than 500 firefighters are battling the 1,500-acre fire, which started Saturday afternoon. As of Monday evening, it was 5 percent contained.

Investigators are still trying to figure out the cause.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that nearly 100 people in the Pine Flat community were still under mandatory evacuation orders. They and their pets can head to Mayer High School for shelter and food from the American Red Cross and Animal Disaster Services.

Evacuee Raymond Pohl said he was almost the last person to leave his neighborhood Saturday night.

“There was one person there after I left. I don’t know what has happened to him. I talked to him on the phone yesterday, but I’ve not talked to him today,” Pohl said.

Livestock owners could take their animals to the old fairgrounds in Prescott Valley.

Those living in the Breezy Pines community were asked to be ready to evacuate Monday evening.

Roads in the area are closed to everyone who doesn't live there or wasn’t with a firefighting or law enforcement agency.

There was a community meeting about the fire scheduled Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Mayer High School.

The National Forest Service has a detailed description and a map of the area that's closed on its website.

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