Over 500 firefighters battle northern Arizona blaze

Map depicts the extent of the Brian Head fire as of 1:21 p.m. MST

Map depicts the extent of the Brian Head fire as of 1:21 p.m. MST

The Arizona blaze, which has quadrupled in size to 32 square miles (83 square km) since Tuesday, is burning through thick brush and rugged terrain in the Prescott National Forest, about 30 miles (48 km) from where another wildfire killed 19 firefighters in 2013.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire, including fires in developed campgrounds and improved sites.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed SR-69 between from Interstate-17 to SR-169.

The fire had burned about 4,377 acres as of Sunday, June 24, and about 12,000 acres as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, due to poor humidity recovery and high temperatures.

Authorities said Tuesday that Mayer's post office has been closed until further notice because of the fire, which was fanned Tuesday by 35 miles per hour winds.

This does not include areas east of Highway 69. There are no reports yet of any structures being destroyed as the fire approached Mayer.

Parts of two state highways are closed because of the fire. Several other communities are on pre-evacuation notice including Orme School, Dewey-Humboldt, Blue Hills, Walker, Potato Patch, Mountain Union, and Mountain Pine Acres.

Over 600 firefighters are battling the blaze that has already burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers).

Fire officials say a wildfire in northern Arizona that has grown to 32 square miles (83 square kilometers) has forced more areas to be evacuated.

It is burning in an area north and west of the junction of Senator Highway and County Road 177.

A Red Cross shelter for evacuees was set up at Bradshaw High School in Prescott Valley. Jonathon Hodgkiss of Lone Peak Engines out of Utah accepts a doughnut and lemonade from Skylee Hatch as fire crews return from fighting a wildfire near the ski town of Brian Head Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in P.

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

The blaze near Prescott was 1 percent contained.

Officials said strong winds helped fuel the fire burning mostly through chaparral and heavy grass that have been untouched for almost 40 years. The Yavapai County Emergency Operations phone bank number is 928-442-5103 and it is manned from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. daily.

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