Authorities have said the Arizona Wallow Fire is likely to become the largest in the state’s history, as it continues to threaten homes and is still only five percent contained as of Friday morning.
However, favoring weather reports predicting weakening winds, which have been driving the blaze at an unstoppable speed until now, may give fire crews their best opportunity yet to contain the fire further.
Thousands have fled the path of the fire since it broke out in late May, and it has spread wildly, burning an area of greater size than Los Angeles. more >>
Firefighters have battled through the night in an attempt to protect numerous Arizona mountain communities from the spreading Wallow fire that has forced thousands to evacuate and flee their homes.
The fire has now become the second largest ever seen in Arizona, and is threatening electricity supplies as far away as Texas.
The fire, which during Wednesday night was being reported as covering 607-square miles, is expected to reach power lines by early Friday. It is feared that if lines are damaged, hundreds of thousands in New Mexico and Texas would face rolling blackouts. more >>
The unrelenting Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona gained more ground Wednesday evening, forcing the evacuation of two towns.
While residents of the town of Eagar were ordered Tuesday to evacuate, authorities Wednesday asked residents of nearby Springerville to clear out as well.
The Wallow Fire, the second largest wildfire in Arizona’s history, is closing in on the two towns that were already in pre-evacuation mode. About 2,700 people from mountain communities were evacuated days earlier, including from the towns of Greer, Sunrise, Alpine, Blue River, and Nutrioso. more >>
Arizona's raging Wallow Fire refuses to submit to firefighting efforts, washing tens of thousands of new acres in flames for a total of nearly 400,000 acres burned.
Officials say that as of Tuesday evening the stubborn Wallow Fire has scorched about 389,000 acres of land in eastern Arizona. Strong winds have frustrated the efforts of some 2,500 firefighters from controlling the Wallow Fire, which is said to move in unpredictably patterns. Flames are carried by strong wings and ignite fires miles away, reported The Arizona Republic. And winds divert the intended path of water poured by helicopters on the fire.
The Wallow Fire is currently the second largest wildfire in Arizona's history. The largest state fire is called the Rodeo-Chedeski Fire, which burned 467,000 acres in 2002. more >>
The Wallow Fire has now scorched over 300,000 acres in eastern Arizona, making it the second largest wildfire in the state’s history.
In less than 24 hours, Wallow engulfed some 78,000 acres of land. Fire officials said the unrelenting wildfire’s total destruction is 311,481 acres. As of Tuesday afternoon, the fire is 0 percent contained.
Arizona’s largest fire is called the Rodeo-Chedeski Fire, which burned 467,000 acres in 2002. more >>
Arizona’s Wallow Fire, the third largest wildfire in the state's history, is still uncontained as of Tuesday. In less than two weeks, the fire had burned over 230,000 acres of land in eastern Arizona.
Fanned by high heat and strong winds, the Wallow Fire has thwarted efforts by firefighters to contain it. It is still 0 percent contained as of late Monday evening.
“We had a hard day today,” said Joe Reinarz, an incident commander during a town hall meeting in the small town of Greer on Monday, according to CNN. “I don’t know exactly where that fire is at this moment, because it is moving so fast.” more >>