Devastating Wallow Fire 95 percent contained, Monument Fire nearly contained

Wallow Fire 77% Contained

Credit: Brent Watcher IMET National Weather Service/US Forest Service

Devastating Wallow Fire 95 percent contained, Monument Fire nearly contained

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on July 4, 2011 at 11:33 AM

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) -- The devastating Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona and a small portion of western New Mexico is 95 percent contained after burning 538,049 acres or 840 square miles. 

Nearly 600 fire personnel fought the blaze for more than a month. The human-caused fire remains under investigation after destroying 32 residences and damaging five.

Sixteen firefighters were also injured.

The Forest Service says restoration crews continue to remove woody debris from the east and west forks of the Little Colorado River. Hazardous tree removal continues on Forest Road 81 in Auger Canyon.

Machinery and saw teams are removing dead trees that could fall across the road. The trees are placed in piles for removal at a later time.

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) -- Fire crews just about have the Monument Fire near Sierra Vista fully contained. The U.S. Forest Service says the fire has burned 30,526 acres or 47 square miles and is now 98 percent contained.

The rehabilitation of fire lines is nearly complete. A small contingent of firefighters will remain with the Monument Fire throughout the week preforming rehabilitation and patrolling for hot spots.

A small amount of chipping cut trees, repairing fences and removing miscellaneous fire debris remains to be completed in the fire area. Fire personnel will be available to assist the Sierra Vista Ranger District with initial attacks on any new fire starts.

 

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