Photos: Wallow Fire flames, fire lines, firefighters

Photos: Wallow Fire flames, fire lines, firefighters

Credit: Wayne Clement, Guadalupe Fire Department and US Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Photos: Wallow Fire flames, fire lines, firefighters

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 7:50 AM

NUTRIOSO, Ariz. - Thousands of firefighting crews are currently battling the Wallow Fire that is burning in eastern Arizona.

Several towns in the area of Springerville, Eagar and Greer remain evacuated as the fire continues to burn. These areas join the long list of evacuations as a result of the fire.

Wayne Clement with the Guadalupe Fire Department and US Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests took these photos on Sunday in the area where they were doing those evacuations off Hwy180/US191 near Nutrioso, Ariz.

There are more than 3,100 firefighters on the scene. Quite a bit of equipment has been brought in; there are over eight bulldozers, 141 engines, 46 water tenders and 20 helicopters.

Not only are the winds whipping up the flames, they have hindered the use of  the air attack helicopters, much to the pilots' collective frustration. The near-zero visibility and extreme downdrafts at times during the week, have made it too dangerous for them to fly. Pilots say trying to fly in those conditions is like being on a roller coaster with no tracks.

Crews on the ground are working day and night shifts so that there are teams on the fire lines around the clock. In addition to building fire lines, firefighters are doing perimeter control, structure protection and patrolling for spot fires.

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