Ducey declares state of emergency, directs funds toward Goodwin Fire

Firefighters Battle Blazes in California and Utah

Smoke and ash have apparently gotten into the system.

To the west, conditions for the hundreds of firefighters battling a large northern Arizona blaze were looking good Thursday as officials announced some residents would be allowed back in their homes.

The Mayer Justice Court was closed on Wednesday, due to the mandatory evacuation caused by the Goodwin Fire, Yavapai County Deputy Court Administrator Shelly Bacon said. Residents of Mayer, Dewey-Humboldt and several other communities took flight. The community of Pine Flat was previously evacuated. Authorities did not find the drone's operator.

"Yesterday was very good day". Download the Storm Shield Weather Radio App for your iPhone or Android device and get severe weather alerts wherever you are. The Alaska Division of Forestry has been responding and containing the fire in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The blaze spread up to 18-thousand acres.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued a declaration of emergency in Yavapai County, directing $200,000 of emergency funds to the fire suppression efforts, making state government assets available to the firefight, and making eligible reimbursements for emergency response and recovery costs.

It's also a key requirement should federal aid be requested. With more than 800 emergency workers battling it, the fire is at 45 percent containment.

Yavapai County Emergency Management Coordinator Denny Foulk said there are about 2,000 residents in the area affected by the fire and 3,000 structures in the evacuated area were at risk but officials were not immediately sure how many are homes.

Utah firefighters braced Wednesday for more high winds as they try to slow a stubborn wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people from a ski resort town. The fire was ignited by a weed-burning torch.

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, Utah interagency fire managers would like to remind the public of increased wildfire danger across the state.

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He said the critical fire area in the Southwest is expected to shrink on Thursday, but not for long. Evacuations continue in nearby areas.

On California's Central Coast, evacuation orders remain in place for sparsely populated rural areas of San Luis Obispo County east of the town of Santa Margarita due to a almost 2-square-mile (5 sq. kilometer) fire.

A 400-acre (162-hectare) fire in Mariposa County on the western Sierra foothills is 10 per cent surrounded.

Elsewhere across the western USA, a fire in the foothills north of Los Angeles was burned right up to homes before the blaze was beaten back.

Meanwhile, a wildfire burning in dry grasslands in a lowly populated part of central Washington state grew dramatically on Thursday, driven by hot weather and gusty winds.

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"We called a general recall to staff additional equipment", Freitag said, "and that equipment is being utilized to protect properties within our fire district boundaries". It was being fought by 275 firefighters, who had it 20 percent contained. "So please understand that while we send firefighters into hard places, there are places we will not go".

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