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Arizona fire quadrupled to 18,000 acres, forces evacuations

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A wildfire in Arizona quadrupled in size to 18,000 acres within 24 hours and forced the evacuation of several towns, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

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The Goodwin Fire was south of Prescott and 100 miles north of Phoenix and was only 1 percent under control late Tuesday.

On Monday night, Wildfire Today reported, the fire was 4,400 acres and had spread to 12,000 by 2:40 p.m. Tuesday. The fire started Saturday from an unknown cause.

The wildfire was spreading in hot, windy and dry conditions.

A weather station at Sunset Point, 14 miles southeast of the fire, recorded a temperature of 101 degrees, 3 percent relative humidity and wind gusts at 23 to 31 mph.

The state forestry department posted on Twitter on Tuesday night: "Fire crews working w/ 'volatile and explosive' fuels. Winds also creating unsafe conditions."

It forced the evacuation of several small towns: Mayer, Chaparral Hills and Poland Junction.

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