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 >>
Arizona’s uncontained Wallow Fire, the third-largest wildfire in the state’s history, has burned through over 144,000 acres of land, and counting.
The Wallow Fire – named after Bear Wallow Wilderness, near where the fire is thought to have started – has forced the evacuation of at least 2,200 people from their homes in eastern Arizona. So far, there are no reported injuries. But that good news is counterbalanced by the fact that the fire is 0 percent contained.
“It’s a very significant fire,” said Brad Pitassi, spokesman for the Southwest Area Incident Management Team, which is supervising the firefighting efforts, according to CNN. Pitassi said the fire has “a lot of growth potential.” more >>