Goodwin Fire: Here's what we know

Authorities addressed the media Wednesday morning and provided details on the Goodwin fire that has burned over 20,000 acres.

The Goodwin Fire has burned more than 25,000 acres south of Prescott since it started Saturday.

Authorities reopened State Route 69 early Friday through an Arizona community that barely escaped destruction when a massive wildfire swept into town.

The evacuation for the town of Mayer was lifted as of 10 a.m. Thursday.

Several other communities threatened by the fire are still under evacuation orders, and authorities say some structures have been lost, but they're not sure how many. Volunteers worked to rescue animals that have been left behind.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency Wednesday for Yavapai County. He had already declared a state of emergency on the state's wildfires in general the week prior.

The governor traveled to the area Thursday, calling the fire the state's "top priority right now."

If you want to help the firefighters working against the Goodwin Fire or those affected by it, we've put together a list of ways to help.

Here are maps of the fire as of Wednesday afternoon.

At a Tuesday evening community meeting about the fire, Prescott National Forest Fire Chief Pete Gordon called the fire "our worst nightmare." High winds, summer temperatures and dry conditions contributed to the explosion of this fire from 4,400 acres Tuesday morning to 18,000 acres Tuesday evening.

Residents recounted evacuating their homes Tuesday, and one woman said she "could actually feel the heat" of the fire as she left her home.

While a force as large and intense as a wildfire may make homeowners feel they have no control, there are a few things you can do to guard your home against damage from a wildfire.

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