Goodwin Fire grows to more than 20000 acres

Posted June 30, 2017

The latest updates show the Goodwin Fire has burned almost 25,000 acres in size and has forced the evacuation of several nearby areas.

Fire managers said Thursday at 25-mph wind gusts have pushed the wildfire near Brian Head to more than 91 square miles (236 square kilometers), though firefighters have increased containment to 15 percent. Several helicopters and fire crews had to stop working for about 45 minutes to an hour because the drone posed a serious safety hazard.

"We're trying to organize chaos".

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says it is lifting evacuations for residents of Mayer, population about 1,400. Dewey-Humboldt has about 4,000 residents; Mayer has about 1,400.

The declaration was also a requirement should Arizona request federal aid to combat the blaze. Officials there say higher humidity levels slowed the fire's pace to a crawl.

Ducey spokesman Patrick Ptak said Thursday that the governor would be meeting with fire officials and evacuees.

The Brian Head Fire in southern Utah has burned more 54,000 acres, an area bigger than the city of Washington, said CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen.

The wildfires burning in Utah and Arizona continue to be made worse by high temperatures, gusty winds, and dry thunderstorms. "Fires burning in deep duff and tundra require significant amounts of rain to put them completely out".

Some of the 200 firefighters on the scene are providing protection for nearby neighborhoods, but there are no evacuations.

On California's Central Coast, evacuation orders remain in place for sparsely populated rural areas of San Luis Obispo County east of the town of Santa Margarita due to a almost 2-square-mile (5 sq. kilometer) fire.

Aircraft and more than 100 firefighters are battling the blaze.

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

"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.

Elsewhere across the western USA, a fire in the foothills north of Los Angeles was burned right up to homes before the blaze was beaten back.

Crews are still doing a bit more work on the ENSTAR natural gas line easement that's serving as a fuel break, along with another fuel break that was created from the fire's southwest corner about 2 1/2 miles south to the pipeline. The fire is only 20 percent contained.

Continued dry weather and breezy conditions will only make it more hard in the coming days, and the current record-breaking numbers this year will keep growing.