Monday, 20 November, 2017

Utah wildfire torches nearly 6 more square miles

Map depicts the extent of the Brian Head fire as of 1:21 p.m. MST Map depicts the extent of the Brian Head fire as of 1:21 p.m. MST
Francis Olson | 28 June, 2017, 23:28

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/2uixPQi) reports that Mayer, Arizona, resident Terry Jackson put a garden hose to the roof after local authorities told him he had to evacuate.

Overnight Tuesday through Wednesday morning, firefighters were establishing a perimeter around Mayer with bulldozers carving fire breaks.

In California, a wildfire destroyed the home of "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area.

Smoke from the Goodwin Fire is also impacting several communities in northern and central Arizona including the Flagstaff area.

The fire was burning thick vegetation and ponderosa pine in rugged terrain throughout Prescott National Forest about 14 miles south of Prescott, Arizona Department of Forestry spokeswoman Tiffany Davila said.

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

More than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the fire is the state's top priority.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes in some parts of the USA state of Arizona due to the rapidly spreading Goodwin Fire.

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A community meeting will once again be held Wednesday night at the Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, AZ, at 6:30 p.m.to update residents on the wildfire and the team's strategy to suppress the fire.

Authorities said Mayer's post office has been closed until further notice because of the fire, which was fanned Tuesday by 35 miles per hour winds. The fire started Saturday from an unknown cause. It's also in steep, rugged terrain that makes it hard for firefighters to reach.

Fire crews' primary goal Tuesday was to protect the communities of Pine Flat, Poland Junction and Mayer from the advancing fire.

Zerril Perkins in Dewey-Humboldt says he can smell the fire and is anxious it is headed in his direction.

He and his wife were packed and ready to head to Phoenix if necessary.

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

The fire was 1 percent contained as of Tuesday night.

There have been no reported injuries from the Goodwin Fire, and authorities believe structures have been lost but are not certain yet how many.

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