The Wallow Fire, raging right now in Arizona, has spread into the San Carlos Apache Reservation and threatens the Fort Apache Reservation (home of the White Mountain Apache Tribe). It is, at this point, the second-largest wildfire in Arizona history. Below, a selection of the latest data from Inciweb and some photos from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Flickr photostream.
Date Started: 5/29/2011
Number of Personnel: Approximately 1,943, including 23 hotshot crews and 27 handcrews
Location: south and west of Alpine, Arizona
Cause: Human—under investigation
Equipment: 9 dozers, 119 engines, 26 watertenders
Size: 389,000 acres
Aircraft: 14 helicopters
Percent Contained: 0%
Injuries to Date: none
Structures: 588 threatened; 1 damaged; 11 lost
—State Route 260 is now closed in both directions east of the Hawley Lake turnoff (State Route 473 junction) and Eager.
—Full evacuation of Eager and Springerville. The evacuations were ordered by the Apache County Sheriff’s Office about 4:00 p.m. on June 8.
—Sunrise, Greer, Blue River, Alpine, Nutrioso, and the following subdivisions along highways 180/191: Escudilla Mountain Estates, Bonita, White Mtn. Acres, and the H-V Ranch. This area includes County Road (CR) 4000, CR 4001, and CR 4225.
—The evacuation center is located at Blue Ridge High School, 1200 W. White Mtn. Blvd., Pinetop/Lakeside.
—A pre-evacuation alert has been issued by Apache County for Greens Peak, Hidden Meadow and the surrounding areas.
—A pre-evacuation alert has been issued by Catron County Sheriff’s Office for Luna, New Mexico.
Residents in the communities affected by this fire are asked to remain prepared in the event an order is needed.
Residents with livestock or animals that need care: Contact the Apache County Sheriff’s Office (928) 337-4321 or the Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office (928) 865-4149.
Fire Update: “Today, fire activity increased on the north & west side of the fire and made runs toward the communities of Greer and Eager. Firefighters are currently in all of the affected communities, including Greer, conducting structure protection operations. Red Flag Warnings are still in effect for the area. Spot fires are occurring up to 3 miles ahead of the fire. Tonight’s operational plan includes: burnout operations if weather permits, building fire line, structure protection, and patrolling for spot fires.”
Due to extreme fire conditions, the Apache National Forest is closed to all public entry. See website for closure order details. Please see the Forest website for more information: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Fire Restrictions: A Temporary Emergency Closure Order was issued effective June 3 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). For more information, please call the Arizona fire restrictions hotline 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.
Public Information: Public information will continue to be available by Twitter, Flickr, http://www.inciweb.org/, regular email updates as well as by phone at (928) 333-3412, (702) 308-3238, (702) 308-3357, or 702) 308-8227. Information will also be available at the evacuation center located at Blue Ridge High School in Pinetop/Lake Side.