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Red flag warning near Crown King

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CROWN KING, AZ (CBS5) -

A red flag warning is in effect near Crown King and fire officials said it's not necessarily a bad thing. 

Strong winds are pushing the flames from the Gladiator Fire away from the town and homes.

The fire has charred just under 15,000 acres. Crews were able to contain about 19 percent of the fire by Tuesday.   

High winds have caused air tankers to be grounded. Crews were on standby at the Prescott Fire Center. 

Air tankers have played a big part in getting the upper hand on the Gladiator Fire. At the height of the blaze there were four dropping slurry on the fire lines.  

Officials said even though the tankers were on the ground, they still had support from the air.

"We also have the helicopters here as well and those folks have been working all day," said Incident Command Center Public Information Officer Sandra Lopez. 

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