Ky Firefighters Head West to Help Battle Arizona Wildland Fires

There are about 800 firefighters on the scene

There are about 800 firefighters on the scene

The communities of Pine Flat and Breezy Pines already have been evacuated with potential evacuations ordered for Walker, Potato Patch Campground, Mountain Pines Acres and Mount Union if the fire continues to grow, Yavapai County spokesman David McAtee said.

As of Wednesday, the wind-whipped blaze had charred 21,000 acres, while firefighters have managed to carve containment lines around just 1 percent of the perimeter.

These videos provided by the Arizona Department of Transportation were taken near Mayer.

Ducey also said that some thieves robbed evacuated homes but did not provide more details.

The fire also caused major disruptions for children who were attending summer camps in the area. The Alaska Division of Forestry has been responding and containing the fire in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The blaze burning in Riverside County about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Los Angeles is only 10 percent contained Tuesday morning. Fire officials have strongly reminded firefighters that their lives and the lives of the public are the most important of the many values at risk due to this extremely unsafe fire.

The plan to burn a stand of black spruce between the fire and the highway will only be implemented if the blaze picks back up, Prescott said, and the surrounding residents would get at least 24 hours notice.

Dry conditions and strong winds are helping to fuel the stubborn fire.

Officials say the Goodwin Fire has burned 24,828 acres near Prescott
Officials say the Goodwin Fire has burned 24,828 acres near Prescott

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper declared a disaster emergency earlier Thursday, allowing the National Guard to help if needed.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says it is lifting evacuations for residents of Mayer, population about 1,400.

- Police in Prescott say an argument over the Goodwin Fire led to the shooting of a 70-year-old man by his roommate.

With Arizona, New Mexico and Utah all experiencing a severe fire season and our local western Colorado communities being inundated with smoke, it is a good reminder of the work that must be done to protect our communities and keep our forests healthy.

All firefighters have been warned that if any unmanned aircraft (drones) are spotted in or near the fire area, the activity is to be reported immediately and all aircraft will be grounded. It had burned more than 83 square miles (134 square kilometers) as of Tuesday.

The so-called Goodwin fire has burned almost 7 square miles of land in Prescott National Forest.

In Washington state, firefighters are battling three fires near Wenatchee that had grown to about 37 square miles (95 square kilometers) as of Wednesday.

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