US wildfires rage in several states

Firefighters grappling with wildfires from New Mexico to Michigan

ALBUQUERQUE | May 27, 2012

The U.S. Memorial Day weekend was anything but a holiday for hundreds of firefighters grappling with wildfires from New Mexico to Michigan.

Hundreds of thousands of acres of forests and grasslands have been scorched in recent weeks as dry and windy conditions have spread flames across the states, particularly in the Southwest.

In central Michigan, more than 21,000 acres have gone up in flames near Newberry and firefighters told WLUV-TV in Negaunee they've only managed to contain 20 percent of the fire.

In the west-central town of Paradox, Colo., firefighters said a wildfire that started Friday had consumed 10,000 acres, KJCT-TV in Grand Junction reported. Police ordered an evacuation of the Buckeye Reservoir, Rock Creek and Sinbad Valley areas, the station said.

In central Arizona, the Gladiator fire near Prescott had burned more than 16,000 acres, injured eight people and destroyed at least five houses, The (Prescott) Daily Courier reported Sunday.

In southwestern New Mexico, the sheriff of Catron County ordered the evacuation of about a dozen people from the tiny historic mining community of Mogollon midday Saturday as a stubborn fire approached, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reported. More than 82,000 acres or wooded and scrub land had burned in the region, the station said.

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