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Crews reach 60%containment on Gladiator Fire

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Fire crews continue to get the upper hand on the Gladiator Fire as favorable weather conditions have helped bring it to 60 percent containment by Tuesday morning.

Officials said there was little activity from the fire through Monday as a cold front that arrived over the weekend helped firefighters in the Prescott National Forest near the historic mining community of Crown King.

The latest totals from the Incident Command Center show the fire has consumed about 16,240 acres and destroyed six structures at a cost of $14 million since it began as a structure fire May 13.

About 150 people are still battling the fire, far below the more than 1,000 people used during the fire's peak.

Officials said rehabilitation plans have been developed and work to restore and stabilize areas disturbed by the fire and subsequent firefighting efforts has started.

Full-time resident and business began to migrate back into the communities of Crown King, Pine Flat and Turkey Creek on Friday, and the entire area reopened to the public Monday.

There are still some closures in effect on U.S. Forest Service land and a fire ban continues throughout Yavapai County.

For Arizona fire information and restrictions, call 1-877-864-6985 or visit wildlandfire.az.gov.

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