Friday, June 10, 2011

Wallow Fire: Crews begin to control blaze

The weather finally cooperated with crews battling the Wallow Fire on Thursday, allowing firefighters to do crucial work to start bringing the blaze under control and raising hope among evacuated residents that they would soon be able to return home.

The Wallow Fire has charred more than 386,000 acres, about 620 square miles, in eastern Arizona and destroyed or damaged more than 50 structures as it forced the evacuation of communities in the path of the relentless blaze, including Alpine, Greer, Nutrioso, Eagar and Springerville. The acreage number was revised downward

But progress was finally made Thursday, as officials put containment at 5 percent, the first time they have been able to declare any of the fire under control.

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