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May 20, 2012 5:03 PM

Crews fighting AZ fire take advantage of low winds

PHOENIX (AP) - Crews fighting a nearly 13,000-acre wildfire in communities north of Phoenix were taking advantage of mild winds Sunday as they worked to build protection lines on key flanks of the blaze.

The Gladiator Fire burning about 85 miles north of Phoenix was still several miles away from homes.

Crews were building protection lines and using aircraft to drop water and retardant on the fire in anticipation of stronger winds next week.

Four homes have been destroyed since the fire began a week ago

It was 12 percent contained.

In eastern Arizona, the Sunflower Fire about 20 miles south of Payson had burned more than 16,000 by Sunday afternoon.

The fire was started on May 12 and was 33 percent contained.

It wasn't threatening any homes or businesses.

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