Arizona wildfire burns 250,000 acres
Tucson, AZ, United States
June 5, 2011 03:49 pm EDT
Disaster And Accident, Fire, Environmental Issue, Environmental Pollution, Air Pollution
More than a thousand firefighters supported by helicopters and planes struggled to contain a raging wildfire that has burned 250,000 acres in east-central Arizona on Sunday.
The Wallow Fire near Alpine that started last weekend has destroyed outbuildings in nearby communities, forced 2,500 people to evacuate and sent ash and smoke to as far away as Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The fire is threatening to burn vacation homes and other properties in Alpine and Nutrioso, according to the Apache County Sheriff's Office. The Greer community was also ordered to evacuate if the fire reaches two miles from the area.
Aside from Alpine and Nutrioso, the communities of Hannagan Meadow Lodge, Sprucedale Guest Ranch, Brentwood Church Camp, Hannagan campground, KP campground, West Fork Black River campground, East Fork Black River campground were also evacuated.
The Apache National Forest and Chiricahua National Monument were closed to the public because of the fire.
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