Hundreds Flee Arizona Blaze As Conditions Spur Numerous Wildfires Across Southwest
The Goodwin Fire in Central Arizona's Yavapai County spurred the evacuation of at least 1,500 residents.
Gusty winds and soaring temperatures have spread wildfires in numerous states across the Southwest, forcing hundreds of residents from their homes.
The National Interagency Fire Center said Thursday that six states including Arizona, California and New Mexico are dealing with “multiple large fires,” with more than 8,000 firefighters and support workers battling the blazes. The Interagency has raised the danger level, which helps mobilize additional resources.
In Central Arizona’s Yavapai County, the Goodwin Fire — named for the area near where the fire started — has engulfed more than 20,000 acres of mostly scrubland known locally as chaparral. The fire is also threatening several residential communities, spurring the evacuation of at least 1,500 people, according to The Arizona Republic.