Crews try to stop AZ blaze from crossing fire line

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Posted: May 16, 2012 8:58 AM

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CROWN KING, Ariz.- Firefighters have been working to prevent a wildfire near the historic mining town of Crown King from spreading to an area where it could quickly grow.

Fire incident spokeswoman Loretta Benavidez said Tuesday night that authorities are worried that flames from the Gladiator Fire will get past a fire line that's about a mile west of Crown King.

Benavidez tells the Arizona Republic that if that happens, a bowl in the terrain could help the blaze move south, which would threaten homes and businesses in the town.

Officials are also worried that winds will help the fire spread on Wednesday and Thursday.

The fire has consumed more than 2,000 acres, destroyed three homes and forced the evacuation of Crown King.

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