1,100 firefighters battle Colo. And Ariz. wildfires

About 1,100 firefighters are battling a pair of wildfires, one in Northern Colorado and another north of Phoenix, Ariz.

The Gladiator Fire burns in the Bradshaw Mountains in Prescott National Forest, Ariz. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Authorities are worried that flames from the Gladiator Fire will get past a fire line that's about a mile west of the historic mining town of Crown King, fire incident spokeswoman Loretta Benavidez said Tuesday night. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)

(AP) -- About 1,100 firefighters are battling a pair of wildfires, one in Northern Colorado and another north of Phoenix, Ariz.

The Colorado fire, started by a camp stove about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins is about 50 percent contained while the Arizona blaze, which forced the evacuation of the historic mining town of Crown King, is 10 percent contained.

The Colorado fire, which has grown to cover about 12 square miles, had prompted officials to evacuate about 80 homes, but all residents were allowed to return by last night.

Three firefighters have suffered minor injuries, but no homes or buildings have been damaged.

The most significant blaze in Arizona has charred about 20 square miles of land by last night and destroyed three homes and a trailer. No significant injuries have been reported.

Investigators say the fire started in a home on Sunday.


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