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Crews making steady progress on Arizona wildfire

Crews making steady progress on Arizona wildfire

CREATED May 22, 2012

Web Producer: Laura Kittell

CROWN KING, Ariz. (AP) - Fire officials say crews battling a nearly 15,000 acre wildfire north of Phoenix are making steady progress.
They're up against strong winds, low humidity, high temperatures and dry fuels. But fire information officer Gwen Shaffer says containment lines are holding.
The Gladiator Fire was spreading to the west Tuesday.
Shaffer says crews will be conducting burnout operations to starve the fire of fuel and patrolling containment lines in the interior to keep it from escaping.
The fire broke out at a home last week in Crown King. It is 19 percent contained.
Crown King and other smaller communities to the north remain under evacuation orders.
Another wildfire south of Payson has burned more than 16,000. It is 43 percent contained.

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