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Arizona’s Wallow Fire is massive and has been growing by tens of thousands of acres a day. But it is not expected to surpass the state’s largest wildfire, the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire, said a fire chief.
As of Sunday night, the Wallow Fire was 10 percent contained, up from 0 percent last Thursday. It has burned nearly 450,000 acres, or 703-square miles. By comparison, the Rodeo-Chediski wildfire, which was actually two fires that merged into one, burned 467,000 acres, or 732 square miles.
About 100 homes were evacuated in New Mexico on Sunday, according to Houston’s Fox 26. Firefighters are working hard to fend off the wildfire and keep it from crossing over the border to New Mexico, although it is dangerously close to doing so.
There is better news in eastern Arizona, where evacuation orders were lifted in two eastern Arizona towns, Springerville and Eager. The 7,000 evacuated residents were allowed to return home on Sunday, but cautioned to be careful of the poor air quality. The some 2,700 residents of mountain communities are still under evacuation orders.
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