Drone flying near Goodwin Fire forces grounding of aircraft fire operations

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Officials say a fast-moving wildfire in central New Mexico has grown to almost 8 square miles (21 square kilometers).

The fire is burning in communities around Prescott, a mountain city about 100 miles (160.9 kilometres ) north of Phoenix.

The blaze has grown to 2.5 square miles (6.5 sq. kilometers) since it broke out outside San Luis Obispo on Monday afternoon. A firefighter suffered a minor injury.

"I would tell our communities, especially within the Highway 69 corridor, that there is a likelihood of more evacuation, based on the expected weather and conditions", Pierson said.

The Dewey-Humboldt Magistrate Court remains open unless they are forced to evacuate.

The blaze that began Saturday is in the area where 19 elite firefighters died four years ago battling another wildfire.

The lightening-caused fire burning northwest of the town of Quincy increased in size from 16 square miles (41 square kilometers) on Wednesday to 74 square miles (192 square kilometers) on Thursday, the state Department of Natural Resources said. The 360º video was shot south of Prescott, in the area of the Indian Fire, which burned in 2002.

Baker was one of almost 2,000 people who fled a wildfire that has charred 32 square miles (83 square kilometers) of dense shrubbery over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago. Thirteen homes have been destroyed, and many more structures are in danger.

Ducey also said he will travel to Yavapai County on Thursday to meet with officials. By the time the meeting wrapped up a few hours later, things had changed dramatically.

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"Getting closer to Mayer, it looked like we were driving into some alien sort of invasion, like the whole sky was on fire", she said.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey released a statement saying the Goodwin Fire was the state's "top priority".

Only 2011 surpasses the number of acres burned, and no other year going back to 2000 has seen this many wildfires in the first five months of the year.

Continued dry weather and breezy conditions will only make it more hard in the coming days, and the current record-breaking numbers this year will keep growing. It's unclear if a second, smaller fire nearby was sparked by the initial blaze.

"Fires are a very, very personal thing", Foulk said. "We hope you support and appreciate that".

Authorities said the fire was started by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds on private land.

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.

AP writers Clarice Silber, Josh Hoffner and Bob Christie contributed from Phoenix.

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