Arizona wildfire forces hundreds from homes

Goodwin Fire burns over 4000 acres, forces residents to evacuate

North of Arizona in Utah, another fierce wildfire that has destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 residents raged for a 12th day on Wednesday. Colten Ledbetter, of the Ruby Mountain Hotshots out of Elko, Nev., walks toward the Incident Command Center as the fire crews return from fighting a wildfire in the ski town of Brian Head Tuesday, June 27, 2. Poland Junction and Chaparral Hills have also been ordered to evacuate.

A view of the Goodwin Fire from Mayer June 27, 2017.

Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman actor Johnny Galecki, confirmed his home on a ranch was destroyed by a blaze in rural San Luis Obispo County.

The Goodwin Fire 14 miles south of Prescott has forced the evacuations of several communities as fire crews struggle with arduous conditions.

Firefighters in Washington state were battling three fires near Wenatchee that had grown to about 37 square miles (95 square kilometers).

Ducey said in a statement Wednesday that his office is receiving constant updates from state fire officials.

With only 20 percent of the blaze contained by Tuesday morning the fire was spreading fast in the afternoon with winds blowing at 8 to 15 miles per hour.

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The current blaze is burning in chaparral that has not had a fire in more than 40 years, helping fuel its growth. A shelter has been set up Bradshaw Mountain High School, 6000 E. Long Look Dr.in Prescott Valley of Glassford Hill Road. It's also in steep, rugged terrain that makes it hard for firefighters to reach.

Officials evacuated the almost 1,500 residents in the Town of Mayer Tuesday, along with the area west of State Route 69, Poland Junction, Chaparral Hills, Breezy Pines, and Pine Flat.

"I'm issuing [Friday]'s declaration to make sure they have every resource needed to do their jobs and protect our communities", Ducey said in a release.

The fire has burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers).

The wildfire is five percent contained.

The so-called Goodwin Fire, which has destroyed an unknown number of homes and is named after an area where it broke out on Saturday, is one of several major fires burning in the U.S. West, where abnormally dry conditions persist in some areas despite heavy rainfall this past winter.

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