NU Online News Service, May 15, 2:14 p.m.EDT

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Firefighters are grappling with rugged terrain in an effort tocontain wildfires in Arizona that have consumed close to 13,000acres.

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One of the largest of four fires is the Sunflower fire, 30 milesnorth of Mesa, Ariz. State officials issued a bulletin today saying that while largeplumes of smoke are expected, there is no reason for publicconcern. The fire, which has consumed more than 4,600 acres, is 5percent contained.

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The cause of that fire is under investigation.

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But while Sunflower is the largest blaze, of more pressingconcern is the Gladiator fire that threatens the tourist communityof Crown King. More than 300 structures are at risk, includinghomes and cabins.

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Reports say the fire has already destroyed threestructures, and has consumed around 1,300 acres. Residents havebeen evacuated.

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The cause of the fire is reportedly from an individual whoproduced a “structured fire on private property.”

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Weather conditions may complicate matters for firefighters, with10 to 20 mph winds expected throughout the day.

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There is no rain in the forecast for the next five days.

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