Ducey declares state of emergency, will travel to Goodwin Fire on Thursday

Sky 12 captured footage Wednesday morning of the Goodwin fire southeast of Prescott that has burned over 20,000 acres.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency saying the Goodwin Fire is "the state of Arizona's top priority" on Wednesday.

“This emergency declaration will ensure every necessary resource at the state’s disposal is made available to assist firefighters and provide aid to displaced residents. Ducey said. "We continue to stand ready to take further action as needed and provide whatever support is necessary."

Ducey also announced he would be traveling to Yavapai County on Thursday to meet with officials, receive a full briefing and visit with people impacted by the fire.

The governor said the state is focused on "containing the fire and protecting property and lives."

The fire quadrupled in size on Tuesday and led to evacuations in multiple communities south of Prescott.

Ducey had previously issued a state of emergency for Arizona due to ongoing wildfires throughout the state.

At one point in June, Arizona had the most wildfires burning in the U.S.

Gov. Ducey's statement released Wednesday morning: 

“I want the residents of Yavapai County to know the Goodwin Fire is the state of Arizona’s top priority right now, and we remain fully engaged on the ground with our partners. Not only do our hearts go out to those who have been displaced, but our attention and resources are focused heavily on containing the fire and protecting property and lives. My office is receiving real-time updates from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, which is coordinating with local, regional and federal fire officials. As always, we are indebted to the firefighters, first responders and local community leaders who are managing and fighting this fire, as well as the many other fires throughout the state right now. The next 24 hours will be critical, and the state will provide whatever support and resources are necessary to assist firefighters and residents in the region.”

PHOTOS: Goodwin fire burns south of Prescott

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