Firefighters are steadily gaining an upper hand on the Goodwin Fire, which has burned over 20,000 acres in an area south of Prescott, near the town of Mayer.
According to tweet made on the Arizona State Forestry Twitter page, the fire is 43 percent contained as of Thursday evening, with movement being slowed after the fire hit two burn scars.
On Thursday afternoon, forestry officials said the fire was 25 percent contained, citing numbers given by an Incident Commander.
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Firefighters making significant progress on the #GoodwinFire. It's now 43% contained. Fire hit two burn scars which helped slow movement.— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) June 30, 2017
According to information released by fire officials Thursday afternoon, the fire has charred approximately 24,828 acres of land, and 752 fire personnel are involved.
As of Thursday, the following communities are still under mandatory evacuation, according to fire officials:
- Pine Flat
- Breezy Pines
- Mt. Union
- Upper Blue Hills
- Potato Patch
- Dewey west of SR69
- Chaparral Hills
- Mountain Pine Acres
State Route 69 was reopened between Cordes Junction at I-17 and State Route 169, according to ADOT.
SR 69 has reopened between Cordes Junction at I-17 and SR 169. pic.twitter.com/wKYbPkmO2v— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 30, 2017
Late Thursday night, officials with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office announced that evacuations for properties in Poland Junction, on the east side of State Route 69, will be lifted.
On Thursday night, officials held a community meeting in Prescott to provide updates, and some of the residents at the meeting said the new containment figures are giving them hope about what is to come.
"They seem to have it very well under control," said one woman.
Others, however, have questions on when they could return to their home.
This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 10 Phoenix on social media, online, and on-air for further updates.