Arizona fire quadrupled to 18,000 acres, forces evacuations
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. ■