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Arizona governor: Wildfire is top priority

Arizona governor: Wildfire is top priority

The Arizona wildfire charred more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers) and forced the evacuation of the town of Mayer and other areas as a precaution. Fire crews encountered increased fire activity at 2:30 a.m. where the fire had crossed Highway 69. Jonathon Hodgkiss of Lone Peak Engines out of Utah accepts a doughnut and lemonade from Skylee Hatch as fire crews return from fighting a wildfire near the ski town of Brian Head Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in P.

And in California, a wildfire destroyed the home of "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki on a ranch in the San Luis Obsipo area, said Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor.

Due to the fast-moving fire, evacuation orders were extended to include several towns including Mayer, Chaparral Hills and Poland Junction.

More than 500 fire fighters were on the scene with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft dropping fire retardant from above, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey released a statement Wednesday, part of which read: "I want the residents of Yavapai County to know the Goodwin Fire is the state of Arizona's top priority right now, and we remain fully engaged on the ground with our partners".

PHOENIX Firefighters struggled to control a fast-growing wildfire in central Arizona on Wednesday, prompting the governor to warn that the coming hours would be crucial in battling the blaze that has forced hundreds of people to evacuate. Mayer has about 1,400 residents.




Ducey said his office is receiving constant updates from state fire officials.

"It's also burning through dense fuel, chaparral, really thick vegetation", Davila said. It's also in steep, rugged terrain that makes it hard for firefighters to reach.

Yavapai County spokesman David McAtee said the communities of Pine Flat, Breezy Pines and the northern corner of Mayer have been evacuated, and area highways face closures. He said they are packed and ready to head to Phoenix if necessary.

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.

Authorities say a southern Utah wildfire that's destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced 1,500 people to evacuate has grown again.