(VIDEO and PHOTOS)ARIZONA Wildfire charred almost 2,500 acres

(VIDEO and PHOTOS)ARIZONA Wildfire charred almost 2,500 acres

Phoenix : AZ : USA | May 15, 2012 at 1:37 AM PDT
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Wildfire in Arizona on Monday charred about 28 square kilometer of parched ponderosa forest, brush and grassland, consuming several buildings and threatening a small town. Hundred of firefighters and air tankers battled the wildfire just to save the forest.

The Sunflower Fire, the largest of at least four blazes in central and eastern Arizona, burned 7 square miles in the Tonto National Forest, about 40 miles north of Phoenix, a fire response team handling the blaze said. It was just 5 percent contained late Monday. The 350 residents in the nearby community were ordered to evacuate the area afther the Gladiator fire already burned the 2 square mile ponderosa fire, brush and chaparral. It even destroyed the three buildings in Prescott National Forest. Due to strong and erratic winds and dry weather the Gladiator fire is a threat for many forest service campgrounds.

An Elwood Fire caused by ligtning hits San Carlos Apache reservation that charred more tha 1.7 square miles of ponderosa pine, juniper and oak over the weekend. The Bull Flat Fire on the Fort Apache reservation, meanwhile, burned 575 acres of brush and grassland and threatened a fish hatchery.

This is the first major wildfire incident occurs in Arizona.

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