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Wildfires burn in Nevada, Arizona and Utah

Firefighters working to contain numerous fires in area

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. | May 23, 2012

A quick-moving wildfire, fueled by 50 mph winds, burned through 1,800 acres and destroyed seven buildings at Topaz Ranch Estates, Nev., officials said.

No injuries were reporte but officials said a hiker was rescued Tuesday after he was trapped by the blaze, the Gardnerville, Nev. Record-Courier reported.

As of Tuesday evening, none of the fire was contained, officials said.

The fire may have started when a controlled burn Sunday rekindled, Douglas County Sheriff's Spokesman Sgt. Jim Halsey said.

Officials said Highway 208 was closed to all but local residents, who were allowed in to remove their property and animals. County board members requested a voluntary evacuation of the area.

In Arizona, officials said firefighters have made progress in containing three of the four major wildfires burning in the state, The Arizona Republic in Phoenix reported.

The Bull Flat Fire, which has consumed 2,145 acres on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, and the Elwood Fire, which scorched about 1,300 acres on the San Carlos Indian Reservation, are 95 percent contained, officials said.

The Sunflower Fire, 30 miles north of Mesa, has burned more than of 16,000 acres and is 43 percent contained.

The Gladiator Fire, the only blaze to threaten communities, has consumed nearly 15,000 acres, officials said. The fire burned six structures and forced the evacuation of Crown King, Battle Flat, Pine Flat and Turkey Creek. The fire was 19 percent contained.

Two fires thought to be human-caused burned in the Coronado National Forest. The Republic said both burned less than 50 acres as of Tuesday morning. Several Arizona forests implemented restrictions on fire-related activities, prompted by weather advisories of low humidity and high winds.

In Utah, a wildfire near Hurricane closed a stretch of highway for several hours Tuesday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. About 1,000 acres were destroyed. Officials said winds blew the flames away from houses.

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