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Goodwin Fire forces evacuation of Mayer, Arizona

30 June, 2017, 00:18 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Map depicts the extent of the Brian Head fire as of 1:21 p.m. MST

The fire quadrupled in size on Tuesday and led to evacuations in multiple communities south of Prescott.

An unmanned aircraft system seen flying over the Goodwin Fire forced the grounding of all firefighting aircraft Wednesday night, according to a news release by the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2.

Late last night the fire entered the city of Panguich's watershed.

In Utah, firefighters braced for more high winds as they tried to slow the fire that has engulfed 54,202 acres (219.3 square km), burned 13 homes, and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people from the ski resort town of Brian Head.

After a false start on Tuesday, an East Fork Fire District brush truck is responding to an out-of-state fire, this time in Arizona.

California's largest fire, covering almost 10 square miles (26 sq. kilometres ) in Riverside County, is 86 per cent contained.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency Wednesday, directing $200 thousand of emergency funds and hundreds of emergency workers toward beating the Goodwin Fire.

A 400-acre (162-hectare) fire in Mariposa County on the western Sierra foothills is 10 per cent surrounded.

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Meanwhile, authorities have released 911 calls made right after the blaze was ignited by a weed-burning torch.

In Los Angeles County, fires that flared dangerously close to Hollywood Hills and Burbank homes have been knocked down.

Pete Gordon, fire chief for Prescott National Forest, reminded residents that 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died on a hill four years ago on June 30 while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire 33 miles from Prescott.

"They need to heed any warnings related to fireworks regarding the area that they're allowed to be lit because we frankly don't need any more fires, especially human-caused fires", he said.

Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog Wednesday morning signed an emergency declaration offering the Town's assistance to surrounding communities affected by the Goodwin Fire.

And in Idaho, fire officials say quick responses by ranchers and others to more than 20 wildfires sparked by lightning have kept the small fires from becoming major blazes like those that scorched the region in recent decades.

2012 was the third worst year for wildfires, with 9.2 million acres (37231.1 square km) burned, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

"Dry and gusty red flag conditions resulted in extreme fire growth in steep and rugged terrain", the agency said in statement.

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