Gladiator Fire winding down at 70 percent containment

CROWN KING, AZ - Firefighters are stomping out any lingering hot spots in a northern Arizona wildfire.

Fire information officer Patrick Lair said Thursday crews do not anticipate any major flare-ups as they patrol the Gladiator Fire's perimeter.

Lair says isolated smoke and single-tree fires may be visible in Crown King and smaller communities to the north where brush and fuels smolder.

Forest workers are also working to restore the land stabilize the area around Crown King to prevent erosion.

The blaze broke out May 13 inside a home and forced the evacuation of Crown King. It has burned more than 16,200 acres and was 70 percent contained Thursday.

Lair says a Type 4 incident management team of 30 people is scheduled to take over firefighting duties Friday.

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