Arizona Wildfires Update

June 7, 2011 by USA Post 

Arizona WildfiresArizona Wildfires, The column of smoke visible in this image is disconnected from the Wallow Fire, west of the border between Arizona and New Mexico, perhaps because of shifting winds. In Colorado, the smoke spreads northward across the state, blowing over the Rocky Mountains and Wyoming and southwestern Nebraska. West of the plume, the skies are clear.

The fire rolling in the bottom left corner of the image, and red contours indicate active fires. On June 6, InciWeb reported that the fire had burned 192,746 acres Wallow (78,002 hectares). The fire began on May 29 and June 6 as the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

Dry, windy conditions hit the flames and thick smoke spread in several states on Monday as a massive wildfire in Arizona grew to more than 350 square miles and threatened mountain communities.
Wind gusts of 40 mph and temperatures in the 80′s, combined with low humidity and a threat of dry lightning, strained efforts by more than 2,300 firefighters to contain the fire in the Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests.

“The visibility is very poor, at times,” said Dan Muth, Deputy Mayor of Springerville, and Arizona, located in a valley north of the burned area.

He said the fire was the expulsion of the wildlife of the mountains and the valley in search of food and water, and a motorist collided with a moose Monday morning.

“It is chaos, but people are worried,” he said. “It’s the magnitude” of the fire.

U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies fighting the fire say it has grown considerably over 24 hours ago had burned 233,522 acres, or 365 square miles. Called the Wallow Fire was raging and burning near Nutrioso and Alpine in eastern Arizona, near New Mexico.

The smoke was visible to the east to Illinois, as well as strengthens the states, including New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. He was accused of obstructing the views of the Rockies from downtown Denver.

Evacuation orders were in effect for the Alpine and Nutrioso and expanded Monday to include Greer and Sunrise. Luna, New Mexico, was put on notice to be ready to go, the Forest Service said, as residents of Springerville and eager. The governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer declared a state of emergency.

As the winds whipped the flames, fireplace, it was reported up to 3 miles ahead of the northeast flank of the fire, the Forest Service said. A red flag, meaning extreme fire danger, was issued for the area due to low humidity and strong winds.

The Forest Service said the fire began more than a week near the White Mountain town of the Alps. Authorities say an abandoned campfire may have caused. So far, the flames have destroyed five buildings. There were no serious injuries have been reported.

Fire is the third largest in state history, and two wildfires burning are also significant other state – one of them burning more than 100,000 acres and burned another 37,000 acres.

No significant weather relief in sight. It is expected that continued hot, dry and windy weather across Arizona, New Mexico and much of the southern Plains today and the next day, according to meteorologist Dan LeBlanc of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff, Arizona

The weather service issued a fire weather watch for today in much of northern and eastern Arizona, which means critically dry conditions, suction cups are possible.

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