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BLAZE-TORN Arizona yesterday looked like a scene from the movie Apocalypse Now.

But the exhausted firefighters battling the flames that have burned 373,000 acres and destroyed at least 390 homes believe they have made their first progress.

Spokesman Jim Paxon said: "We're on the scoreboard. We haven't been there for eight days. We're making progress."

Calmer weather had helped firefighters in the tree-covered hills north-east on Phoenix yesterday. But there were new concerns about thunderstorms that could produce lightning without rain.

In a single week, the blaze has charred 586 square miles - an area larger than Los Angeles.

The wildfire, formed by two smaller blazes that merged on Sunday, is the largest in Arizona history. A lost hiker started one fire trying to signal for help.
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Date:Jun 27, 2002
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