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Arizona fire quadrupled to 18,000 acres, forces evacuations

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Wildfire   Wildfire Today reported:

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.

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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