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    (Phoenix-AP) -- Lightning has sparked dozens of small wildfires
    around Arizona today, including a 50-acre blaze near Kingman.
    The state fire coordinator for the Arizona Land Department says
    a 20-person crew plus two air tankers and one helicopter are
    battling the blaze about ten miles east of Kingman and just north
    of Interstate 40.
    Officials say that fire was one of "14 or 15" that were
    started by lightning on state land today.
    Most of those were quickly contained and a few others between
    Kingman and Seligman were considered "low priority fires."
    Those fires would be dealt with later because they don't have
    the potential to spread due to lack of fuel and topography.
    Meanwhile, officials with the Coconino National Forest in
    Flagstaff say their crews dealt with nine small wildfires today and
    all were controlled - some at less than one acre.


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    Gilbert fire chief will be suspended, mayor says
    PHOENIX (AP) - Gilbert Fire Chief Collin Dewitt will be
    suspended for two weeks without pay for using municipal vehicles to
    protect his second home, the mayor said.
    Mayor Steve Berman also said Dewitt will be required to
    reimburse the town $500, The Arizona Republic reported on its Web
    site Tuesday afternoon.
    Dewitt said he and 13 off-duty firefighters used two marked town
    pickup trucks June 24 to clear brush around Dewitt's second home
    east of Show Low last month during the "Rodeo-Chediski" fire.
    Berman said he was initially worried that the firefighters may
    have been pressured to help their boss, but was assured their work
    was voluntary.
    In a report on the chief's actions, Town Manager George Pettit
    said two fire department pickup trucks were driven to the area near
    Dewitt's home so they would be available to assist firefighting
    efforts, and not for the chief's personal use.
    However, in a July 1 memo to the council after the trucks had
    been driven to Dewitt's property, Pettit wrote that no fire
    vehicles were sent to help the Rodeo-Chediski efforts.
    Pettit also wrote on July 7 that no fire department equipment
    was used to help Dewitt save his house. Last week, Dewitt said he
    and the volunteers used fire department brush-clearing equipment.
    Dewitt, who earns $102,065 a year, said earlier that while
    firefighters were in the area, they also helped clear brush around
    some of his neighbors' homes.
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