Arizona's Wallow Fire Ravages 386,000 Acres
The great news coming out of Thursday's (June 9) press conference on the Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona is that the weather is holding and crews have made progress due to favorable conditions and a lot of hard work by fire crews for effectively holding some lines around the towns of Springerville-Eager, Alpine, Nutrioso and Greer. Mop up operations are being conducted in Alpine.
The bad news is that fire officials have confirmed there have been five homes and six outbuildings lost in the Nutrioso and Alpine areas, and an additional 22 homes lost, five damaged and 24 outbuildings as well as one truck destroyed in the Greer area. The Wallow Fire has reportedly consumed 386,530 acres, the White Mountain Independent, Show Low, Ariz., reported.
Fire officials express extreme sympathy for the loss of structures saying that the knowledge of more structural damage was the "worst part of the day" today.
There are issues with the fire on Escudilla Mountain and officials have confirmed the fire (mostly from back burns in the area) is in New Mexico. Grassy terrain is helping crews in those areas.
The east areas of the Springerville-Eagar area are holding strong.
The Greer area in the east is being held but the southern end is the problem area. Crews will be strengthening those lines over the next few days.
Saturday, high winds are expected to return. Crews will be working to strengthen the lines in every area before these conditions hit.
Navopache Electric was on scene today repairing the damaged power lines that have caused concern and the fiber-optic hub in Alpine is in good condition.
Officials say they were unable to assess the exact damage to homes and other structures until today and that no additional structural damage occurred today.
Sunrise Ski runs are untouched by fire.
North Pole Experience in Greer is OK.
The DC 10 brought in Thursday conducted three drops and was a big help. A new color was also added to the fire maps: black for containment. Officials say it was nice to be able to "work and not react."