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Major wildfires continue to rage in southwestern US|
Tue May 22, 2012
Firefighters in US southwestern states of Colorado and Arizona have reportedly made major gains in containing two wildfires while two other Arizona fires continue to rage out of control.
The Hewlett fire in Colorado, which began May 14, was reportedly 87% contained on Monday. The wildfire has so far burned nearly 8,000 acres of land.
Over 500 firefighters were involved in battling the huge blaze at its peak last week, while being backed by two planes and five helicopters.
State officials announced that a camper ignited the fire with an alcohol outdoor stove in the Roosevelt National Forest.
Meanwhile in Arizona, the fires at Bull Flat and Elwood regions were reported to be 95% contained, although two larger fires in the state, the Sunflower and Gladiator, near the historic mining community of Crown King continued to rage out of control.
The Sunflower fire near the Tonto National Forest was reported to be 33% contained but was not expected to reach full containment for the next two months. So far, over 16,000 acres have burned in the area. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
The Gladiator fire, meanwhile, has so far burned more than 14,000 acres and was nearly 15% contained, according to press reports.
No containment date was reported for this fire, the cause of which has been linked to a structure fire at a private property.