SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. -- The Wallow Fire was declared 100 percent contained as of 6 p.m., Friday, July 8. Fire resources will be released over the next several days and local Forest Service fire resources will continue monitoring the area, according to Forest Service officials.
Officials from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNF) offered their thanks to fire fighters, local, state, and federal agencies and the community for their support during Arizona's largest recorded wildfire, which began on May 29.
The Wallow Fire consumed 538,049 acres at an estimated cost of $109 million. The cause is still under investigation.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests has re-opened for public use. Stage 1 fire restrictions will remain in effect until more rain has fallen. Campfires will only be allowed in developed campgrounds. The use of gas-powered stoves will be permitted throughout the Sitgreaves National Forest
Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in effect for Big Lake and the adjacent developed campgrounds; Greer lakes and the nearby developed campgrounds; Lee Valley and Winn Campground; Nelson Reservoir, and Luna Lake. Stage 2 fire restrictions prevent the building of campfires, even in developed campgrounds.
Both Highway 261 (to Big Lake) and Highway 273 (between Big Lake and Reservation Lake on Fort Apache) remain closed.
Individuals caught violating road closures are subject to fines up to $5,000.00 for individuals, and $10,000 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.
Flooding is likely adjacent to high severity burned areas. Roads, bridges, and culverts are at risk of washing out during rainy periods.
Location: Apache, Navajo, Graham, and Greenlee Counties, Fort Apache Indian Reservation, San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, Arizona; Catron County, New Mexico
Injuries to Date: 14
Total Personnel: 118
Release of personnel: 7/9-12/2011, Local resources will remain on scene
Fire Costs: $109 million
Date Started: 05/29/2011
Cause: Human – under investigation
Size: 538,049 acres total; 15,407 acres in N.M.
Commercial Property: 4 destroyed
Outbuildings: 36 destroyed; 1 damaged
Residences: 32 destroyed; 5 damaged