Weather helping crews in Gladiator Fire battle

CROWN KING, AZ - Fire officials say a cold front arriving over Arizona is providing additional relief to firefighters battling the Gladiator Fire and electricity is being restored to some areas.

A "mega moisture burst" Friday night increased moisture levels in the forest and is helping reduce the risk of new fires.

Winds from the west, southwest at 20-25 mph with gusts to 45 are expected and those winds will likely blow dust and ash.

Officials say the 16,000 acre Gladiator Fire, which started May 13 from a structure fire, is now 40 percent contained and has roughly cost $13 million.

The U.S. Forest Service says electricity has been restored to some communities that were forced to evacuate earlier this week.


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