Greer residents allowed to return home

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on June 20, 2011 at 6:40 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 20 at 6:17 PM

GREER, Ariz. - The evacuation order for Greer was lifted at 11 a.m. Monday as residents were allowed to return to their homes.

The U.S. Forest Service meet residents at the Round Valley High School Dome to hand out passes to those returning to the area. In order to get the pass to return to the area, evacuees needed valid identification of residency.

Residents of Greer have been out of their homes for two weeks after officials ordered residents to flee as the Wallow Fire grew.

The Wallow Fire Structure Assessment Team reported on June 10 that 22 homes were destroyed and five others damaged by the fire. Twenty-four outbuildings and one truck were also destroyed.

Residents returning home will now asses what the extent of the damage is to their personal property. There may not be any electricity in the area as power was turned off when the original evacuations were issued.

The Wallow Fire has grown to nearly 800 square miles of forest in the White Mountains and parts of New Mexico.

The fire is currently 51 percent contained and has burned 511,118 acres.

Over the weekend winds spread the blaze past Lune, N.M., as crews tried to keep it from approaching Forest Road 19 on the eastern edge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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