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    Posted May 16, 2012 by
    Sunflower, Arizona
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    The Sunflower Fire Continues to Grow


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     nleister shot these photos on May 15 of a wildfire near Phoenix, Arizona, looming on the horizon. 'As per several local news affiliates the fire has grown to 12,000 acres after estimates of 8,500 acres emerged yesterday evening,' he said. 'Some 400 people are reportedly working the fire and have managed to keep it away from highway 87, Sunflower, and a set of power lines.'
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    Northeast of Phoenix and above the small town of Sunflower, Arizona the Sunflower Fire grew to some 12,000 acres by Tuesday night. Smoke from the fire was carried high into the atmosphere by the same winds and heat that have made the blaze so difficult to fight.

    Additionally, the fire has spread to rugged and remote terrain making it all the more difficult to fight.

    The Sunflower Fire is just one of several burning throughout Arizona at this time. The Gladiator Fire near the town of Crown King has forced the evacuation of that town. Furthermore, firefighters are concerned that the fire could quickly encroach upon the city if the conditions on Wednesday and Thursday worsen.

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