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Crews still gaining ground on Gladiator Fire

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Forest officials said the Gladiator Fire was 65 percent contained Wednesday morning and called fire behavior in the area insignificant.

While containment of the fire that started near the historic mining community of Crown King was increased, there was no change in the burned acreage or updated cost of the fire.

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

About 150 people remained on 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 residents and businesses 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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