Goodwin Fire

Subject: Goodwin Fire Update

Dear residents of Cherry,

 As you all know, the Goodwin Fire is active and causing great concern for local residents of our nearby communities. The purpose of this email is to dispel any rumors and misinformation that may have spread by well-meaning friends and relatives.
I personally attended the Incident Management Team briefing held at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School. At that time the fire lines are located south and west of route 69, centered between Breezy Pines and Goodwin, except for where the fire jumped 69 and is burning up to 800 acres north, half-way between Poland Junction and Mayer. A total of 21,000 acres have now burned or are burning. The communities at risk are Breezy Pines, Walker, Pine Flat, Groom Creek, Union, Potato Patch, Mayer, Turkey Creek, Poland Junction, and Dewey-Humboldt. These communities are under evacuation status or pre-evacuation status.
Our community of Cherry is not under any evacuation status at this point. This would be a good time to review pp. 17 – 20 of our community directory, evacuation procedures and precautions. For those would don’t have access to this directory, here are a few recommendations:
Keep a vehicle handy with a full tank of gas.
Keep a white towel or cloth available close to the front door ( tie to the door to show that the house is evacuated).
Keep a 72- hour emergency kit ready for quick evacuation.
Pay close attention to all radio and TV broadcasts for updates.
Keep property clear of unused furnishings and debris so as not to hinder firefighting efforts.
Gather important papers, photos, etc. ready to pack and take with you should the need arise.
Take pictures of all the rooms of your house to record all of your belongings for insurance, etc.
Plan for an alternative shelter if evacuation becomes necessary.
If Cherry should fall into pre-evacuation or evacuation status, every effort will be made to contact our residents through this email. However, you can be proactive by keeping tabs on local news and just by being vigilant. Be aware of your neighbor and make sure they are safe. You can call the Command Center’s public relations direct phone number at 928-925-1111 for Goodwin Fire updates anytime.
 If you see any sign of smoke in our area, please call Joe Boyle at 632-5637, Bill Rieber at 642-2977 or myself at 632-1110. Our trucks are ready, filled with water, pumps working to respond to the first sign of fire. We’ll jump on it as quickly as possible and back-up from the forest service will support our efforts to keep our community safe.
Staying safe and sound  for all,
Darrell Rowader
10780 W. Cherry Creek Rd. Dewey,AZ

We have some exciting news for Cherry! 

Our CVFA President Elect, Curt Christy, has secured a “new” fire truck for Cherry through his efforts and growing relationship with the Fire Chief Roger Nusbaum of the Walker Volunteer Fire Association.    Much thanks to Curt for his work and efforts in  obtaining the  1990 Type 6 fire engine for our community . 

 Special thanks to the Walker Fire Association Board for their generous donation! 

This type 6 fire engine will be a  huge asset for our community!   The smaller truck has several benefits: It is much easier to operate and maintain, and it’s ability to go in areas the larger trucks can’t.  It will  also allow for a much quicker response time! 


 Fire Chief Roger Nusbaum of the Walker Fire Association           turning over the keys to Curt Christy our CVFA President Elect!  Key Transfer of truck


         Our new Type 6 Fire Engine also has Foam Capabilities!



   Yes, we do have a lot to be thankful for in our wonderful community of Cherry!

Thank you  Walker Fire Association!

CVFA and the Cherry Community

Eradicating the Invasive “Trees of Heaven”

Dear Residents of Cherry:

We received a letter from “Friends of Verde River Greenway” who have contacted us in order to help in eradicating the invasive “Trees of Heaven” in the Cherry community area.   They have announced they will help private property owners in their efforts to remove the following trees and plants:  “Tree of Heaven,” Arundo, Salt Cedar, and Russian Olive.

They have worked with the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition to improve the habitat in that area, but are now wanting to expand to other areas,  including Cherry. If you are not familiar with the “Tree of Heaven,” the house next to our property on the west side of us that is overgrown with those trees will give you an idea of how that tree takes over in an area if left unattended.  (Our property is just across the street from the local fire department.)

I spoke with Laura Jones, who is the Community Outreach Coordinator, and she would be available to speak with any of you if you have any of these plants on your property and you would like to be rid of them.  Her contact information is:

Laura Jones   Community Outreach Coordinator    928-451-6860




This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to deal with this invasive tree issue so we need to take advantage of it.


Betty Miller