A new map released by the Yavapai County Emergency Management Thursday morning showed the Goodwin Fire has grown to nearly 25,000 acres from its previously reported 21,000.
PREVIOUSLY: Map of the Goodwin Fire
Gov. Doug Ducey issued a state of emergency Wednesday setting aside $200,000 for Yavapai County.
The fire is 43 percent contained, officials said Thursday evening. Authorities said the fire could be fully contained by July 4, next Tuesday. They feel they have a good handle on the southern end of the fire.
The north side of the fire is the most active area for firefighters, according to officials, and winds will be down Thursday which will help fire fighting efforts.
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said the evacuation order in Mayer would be lifted Thursday while the others will remain. Residents of Mayer returned to their homes at 10 a.m.
Highway 69 should reopen in the area Friday, and the evacuation order on the east side of Poland Junction should also be lifted by the weekend.
GOODWIN FIRE: What we know
The fire quadrupled in size on Tuesday and led to evacuations in multiple communities south of Prescott. It grew again on Wednesday as evacuation orders were extended to Dewey, Walker, Chauncey Ranch Road, Blue Hills, Potato Patch, Mountain Pine Acres.
Ducey traveled to Yavapai County on Thursday to meet with officials, receive a full briefing and visit with people impacted by the fire.
A shelter has been set up at the Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley.
People who evacuated with small pets can take them to Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley. Evacuated livestock is being housed at the Coors Event Center at the Prescott Valley Fairgrounds.
Anyone who may have concerns or questions regarding pre-evacuations, evacuations and road closures can contact the Yavapai County emergency Operations Center at 928-442-5103.
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