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Four fires burn across Arizona

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Fire crews continue to battle four large wildfires burning across Arizona. 22,000 acres burned and a cost of $5 million have racked up in Arizona in just the past week.

More than 500 fire fighters work the Gladiator Fire near Crown King.

It grew 1,000 acres overnight and it is now up to nearly 6,600 acres which is equivalent to 10 square miles, roughly the size of the city of Douglas.

It's five percent contained with no full containment in sight. It started Sunday on private property and spread to Forest Service land.

The flames have destroyed four structures, including two homes and a trailer.

Nearly 400 more structures are threatened.

The cost of fighting the Gladiator Fire has topped $2 million.

Containment is slowly climbing at the Sunflower Fire in the Tonto National Forest.

It has burned nearly 15,000 acres about 21 miles south of Payson. It is the largest fire in Arizona so far this year.

About 610 firefighters now have the fire 15 percent contained and they continue to protect a high voltage power line in the area.

Parts of the fire are expected to slow as it reaches an area a wildfire burned in 2004.

Containment is climbing at the Bull Flat Fire on the Fort Apache Reservation. It started last week near Cibeque.

At last report the fire burned nearly 2,000 acres and is now 50 percent contained. No structures are threatened. The number of fire fighters on scene has risen to more than 300.

Fire managers hope for full containment by Sunday.

The fourth fire is burning in eastern Arizona. The lightning-caused Elwood Fire has burned about 1,500 acres on tribal land outside San Carlos. It started late Friday and is about 5 percent contained.

No structures are threatened and about 150 fire fighters are on the scene.

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