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500 firefighters battling blaze in national forest

500 firefighters battling blaze in national forest

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.

Crews are working to establish fire lines by using roads and natural features to slow the progression of the fire.

Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman actor Johnny Galecki, confirmed his home on a ranch was destroyed by a blaze in rural San Luis Obispo County.

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

The fire is burning in communities around Prescott, a mountain city about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) north of Phoenix that draws a mix of desert dwellers escaping the heat, retirees and visitors to its famed Old West-themed Whiskey Row.

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

Firefighters are battling the Goodwin Fire in dense chaparral that hasn't burned in more than four decades.

Ducey said in a statement Wednesday that his office is receiving constant updates from state fire officials.

Fire officials said the fire was considered only 1 percent under control.

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

Tiffany Davila of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says the fire is in a rugged area, and heavy winds Monday and Tuesday have made it hard to suppress.

The blaze is burning in thick chaparral that has not seen a fire in more than 40 years.

Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley is being used as a shelter. It's also in steep, rugged terrain that makes it hard for firefighters to reach.

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

Residents of Mayer say they struggled to leave behind their homes.

In Utah, firefighters hope Wednesday to douse areas with intense blazes at the Utah fire's southern end so residents can return to homes in the town of Brian Head.

The fire has burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers). KNAU's Ryan Heinsius reports, it's reached almost 21,000 acres and is only about 1 percent contained.