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Monday, 24 June, 2002, 08:26 GMT 09:26 UK
In pictures: Arizona burns
Authorities in the American state of Arizona are struggling to contain two huge forest fires which have joined into one inferno.

The smaller Chediski fire - started when an injured hiker tried to signal a helicopter for help - has merged with the Rodeo fire, which is also believed to have been started by man.

Smoke and flames
Firefighters' fears were realised and the two blazes became one (AP)

House burning/man evacuating
Twenty-five thousand people across the state have been evacuated

Home destroyed by fire
About 200 homes have been destroyed

Show Low residents watch the fire
The 8,000 residents of Show Low were evacuated at the weekend

Tanker drops water on the fire
Airtankers are dropping water and fire retardants on to the flames (AP)...

Firefighter flees flames
... while on the ground, firefighters are risking their lives

Smoke blows across a main highway
For much of the time, they are powerless in the face of this force of nature (AP)

Satellite image of Arizona fires and smoke
The flames and smoke can be seen from space (AP)



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