Wallow Fire 82 percent contained

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. -- The Wallow Fire is now 82 Percent contained. The fire continues to threaten residential, commercial and out buildings in the Blue area.

Firefighters continue to patrol the line for hot spots and protect structures in the vicinity of Luna, New Mexico. Approximately 15,000 acres have burned in New Mexico; the fire's now covers a total of 538,043 acres. [Wallow Fire Map]

Elk in and around roads in the area have created a safety hazard for firefighters especially at night and early morning.

Temperatures will continue to be hot and dry with a Red Flag Warning forecast for early afternoon on Sunday until 8 p.m. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms and precipitation Sunday. [Weather Alerts & Forecast]

Field assessments documenting resource damages have been completed on Tribal lands and final reports are being prepared. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team assessments continue and will result in an Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Plan.


  • There will be a community meeting at the Blue School Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m.
  • Fourth of July fireworks at Sunrise Ski Area and Resort are cancelled.


Evacuation for the Blue River community has been lifted for local residents only.

Arizona Department of Transportation Road Closures:  US 191 is closed between Alpine and north of Clifton (milepost 176-253). SR 261 (mileposts 395-413) and SR 273 (mileposts 383-394), to Big Lake & Crescent Lake are closed.

All Forest Service and private facilities inside the road closures are not available to the public

San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation: Fire Restrictions and area closures remain in effect.

Apache – Sitgreaves National Forest: The Springerville, Alpine, and Clifton Ranger Districts of the Forest remain under a forest closure until further notice.

A closure order is in effect for portions of the Sitgreaves side of the National Forest. The western portion of the Gila National Forest remains closed.

Fort Apache Indian Reservation: Partial area closures are in effect for the eastside of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. See http://www.wmat.nsn.us/

National Weather Service Notice - Flood Potential:

The Wallow Fire burned vast portions of the White Mountains including areas of steep terrain which will make numerous locations vulnerable to flash floods and debris flows even in moderate intensity (10 – 15 minutes) rains.

Some area streams and rivers are likely to see flows beyond anything seen in decades if typical or above average rains occur.

Residents should be aware that area roadways may become impassible due to mud, rock and debris slides or due to streams and washes overwhelming existing culverts and bridges.


Location: Apache, Navajo, Graham, and Greenlee counties; Fort Apache Indian Reservation; San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation; Arizona; Catron County, New Mexico

Injuries to Date: 15

Total Personnel: 2,347 includes 14 hotshot crews; 29 handcrews

Date Started: 05/29/2011

Cause: Human – under investigation

Residences: 218 threatened; 32 destroyed; 5 damaged

Outbuildings: 128 threatened; 36 destroyed; 1 damaged Vehicles: 1 destroyed

Commercial Properties: 39 threatened; 4 destroyed

Percent Contained: 77%

Size: 538,043 total acres

Resources: 14 Helicopter; 5 Air Tankers available; 134 Engines; 44 Water Tenders; 13 Dozers