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Winds, heat hamper fight to contain Southwest wildfires

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 8:24pm
Reuters

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Fire crews hampered by wind gusts and the driest conditions in two decades in the U.S. Southwest made slow gains on Wednesday battling dangerous forest and brush fires, including a wildfire in Nevada that doubled in size overnight and destroyed 17 buildings and two homes.

Blazes in rugged, mountainous areas of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah have forced the evacuation of several small towns and torched more than 85 square miles (220 square km) of forest, brush and grass in the past two weeks.

No deaths or injuries have been reported in the fires, authorities said.

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