The Goodwin Fire was very aggressive as it ripped through fuel that had not burned in approximately 40 years. Driven by high winds, extremely dry conditions and warmer than average temperatures, the fire was moving quickly in inaccessible terrain. After the massive growth of burned area on Tuesday June 27th, USFS personnel at the Prescott Fire Center coordinated with Prescott Municipal Airport staff to identify areas on the airport to provide for exclusive use for the fire effort.
With well over 100,000 gallons of retardant flying out of Prescott Municipal Airport by multiple trips with five Large Air Tankers (LAT), Wednesday the 28th was one of the busiest days on record for our local USFS Tanker Base. Additionally, four Type I large helicopters took up station on the West side of the airfield, and over a half a dozen Type II and III light and medium helicopters were based North of the USFS Apron.
The massive effort of USFS personnel, contracted aircraft crews, local fueling crews, the Prescott Air Traffic Control Tower personnel, Prescott Fire Department Airport Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) crews, and the airport staff was nothing short of incredible to provide a safe and efficient operations to battle this very difficult and dangerous blaze.
As operations begin to return to normal here at Prescott Municipal Airport, our thoughts are with all those affected by the Goodwin fire. Thank you to everyone involved to make this a successful operation!!!