Wallow Fire destroys 22 homes in Greer


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on June 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 10 at 10:05 AM

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GREER, Ariz. – The Wallow Fire has destroyed nearly two dozen homes in Greer.

The Wallow Fire Structure Assessment Team reported Thursday night that 22 homes were destroyed and five others were damaged by the fire, which started May 29. Twenty-four outbuildings and one truck were also destroyed.

Fire officials had reported earlier that six homes were burned overnight Wednesday into Thursday, but that number increased after crews toured the area and assessed the damage.

The Apache County Sheriff's Office is still in the process of tracking and notifying the property owners.

The wildfire remains at 5 percent containment, according to Jim Whittington with the Bureau of Land Management.

Officials said Greer is not out of danger and the town is still under evacuation. Fire crews continue to work to protect the mountain community.

There were light winds in the area on Thursday so aircraft, including a DC-10 tanker, were used to help fight the fire. However, high winds are expected over the weekend.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the wildfire has burned an estimated 408,887 acres.