The Wallow Fire, which has partially been contained, is not expected to cause blackouts in Tucson, Ariz., or El Paso, Texas.
Officials of Tucson Electric Power said Friday that the wildfire most likely will not reach the closest power line, which is eight miles away in the opposite direction, according to The Arizona Daily Star. Even if the Wallow Fire reaches the Springerville Generating Station, which has been feared for days, TEP can get energy from local power plants to compensate and there would not be a power outage, said TEP spokesman Joe Salkowski.
“It would just be like driving with our spare tire, we would just be operating in a more vulnerable position,” Salkowski explained. more >>
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 >>
NASA has recently released a series of satellite images on the raging Wallow fire that has scorched more than 390,000 acres in the state of Arizona.
As of Thursday, June 9 there are still no signs of containment for the fire that has caused evacuations in the cities of Alpine, Eager, Greer, Nutrioso, Sunrise and Springerville.
More than 2,000 people are reportedly helping control the fire whose smoke has reached as far as Canada according to KVOA.com. more >>
The Wallow Fire has threatened New Mexico for days with its heavy clouds of smoke. But the mammoth fire originating from eastern Arizona is now a real threat to Luna, N.M. – being less than half a mile away now.
Residents of Luna, just seven miles from the Arizona border, were ordered on Wednesday night to evacuate as the wildfire inches closer to the unincorporated village. They were given 24 hours to leave their homes.
Local firefighters have set up a line that will trigger 6,000 gallons of water that will hopefully dampen any flames that make it to the area, reports ABC-affiliate KOAT7. 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 >>