Fire evacuees briefed by firefighters

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by Jared Dillingham

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azfamily.com

Posted on June 4, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 2:43 AM

EAGAR, AZ -- Hundreds of evacuees from the Wallow fire burning in eastern Arizona met with fire officials Saturday evening for a briefing on the blaze, which continues to burn out of control.

Sparked early last week, the Wallow fire grew to more than 140,000 acres Saturday morning. Fire officials are surveying the fire from the air, trying to see how much it grew today.

The Fire Incident Commander told the evacuees from Alpine and Nutrioso that he has no idea when they might be able to go home. He also informed residents of Greer, Eagar, and Springerville that they, too, may face evacuation orders later in the week. All attendees at the meeting, which packed the Round Valley High School Auditorium, were given information on what to pack if evacuation orders come.

Firefighters say the flames are still a couple miles away from the evacuated homes, but the Wallow fire continues to burn out of control. Four vacation cabins have burned.

Weather conditions Saturday allowed fire crews on the ground to set back-burns in some spots, hoping to cut the fire off. Helicopters continued dropping water, and tankers dropped slurry through the day.

Forecasters say the wind is still gusting to 30mph, and dry thunderstorms are a possibility.

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