Goodwin Fire Update: Fawns Saved, Drone-Flying Man Arrested

The Goodwin fire, which began June 24 some 30 miles north of Phoenix between Prescott and Mayer, grew to 27,327 acres as of this morning, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. It is 53 percent contained. In the first days of the fire, smoke was visible from North Phoenix, but today the fire, which remains active, is producing less smoke, and winds are likely to push the smoke to the northeast.

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Man in Jail For Flying Drone Near Wildfire

Fire officials in Arizona have repeatedly pleaded with citizens not to fly drones near wildfires. If a drone is spotted, aerial operations are grounded, hindering the ability to fight a fire. Even Gov. Doug Ducey has tweeted about the illegality and stupidity of doing so. “It is dangerous, it is stupid, and you are committing a crime,” Ducey said. Today, news of an arrest related to these warnings.

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What’s Causing All These Wildfires?

On Wednesday, smoke visible from Anthem billowed skyward from a 10-acre brush fire near State Route 74 and New River Road. Perhaps you didn’t hear about it. The fire barely got a mention in social media and didn’t make the news. It was roughly the 33rd wildlands blaze that Daisy Mountain Fire Department has responded to since April 1, in what the agency says has been the most active fire season in two decades.

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Dangerous ‘Fire Whirl’ Hops Across the Desert in North Phoenix Wildfire

As a hundred firefighters battled yesterday’s 303 Fire near the Loop 303 and I-17 in North Phoenix, hot, dry and windy conditions created a dangerous mix. One firefighter captured a frightening video of a “fire whirl,” seen skipping across the desert like a torched dust devil, picking up and laying down flames faster than you can say “What’s a fire whirl?”

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