East Texas Wildfires

June 20, 2011 by USA Post 

East Texas WildfiresEast Texas Wildfires, Light winds should give the fire in southern Arizona rest on Monday after a weekend in which thousands of residents fled their homes as strong winds pushed the flames through roads and containment lines and into populated areas. Monument Fire south of the city of Sierra Vista, Arizona, was one of several chew through dry brush and timber in Arizona and New Mexico, where firefighters have dogged for days by heat, high winds.

About 3,000 people from 1,700 households were evacuated Sunday as the fire – burning a week – was accelerated with winds blowing at 60 mph, sheriff’s spokesman Cochise County, said Carol Capas Sunday night. “The winds pushed the fire across Highway 92, so that (he) run so fast and so hot that the danger to citizens on the road was significant,” he told The Associated Press.

The flames ran down the mountain and in a densely populated area, forcing crews to abandon their lines and moved into new places.

“The firefighters are doing an incredible job, trying to get in front of him,” he said.

Evacuations Sunday, the total number of 10,000 people from 4,300 households forced to flee the flames Monument, he said.

Some homes were destroyed on Sunday, adding to the 44 previously reported, but firefighters do not yet have exact number, said layers. Among the structures destroyed was a popular Mexican restaurant. There have been no serious injuries.

She said the evacuees have been living with friends and family, three evacuation shelters, and local inns.

“This is horrible. This is a nightmare,” Debbie told the Arizona Daily Star Schmidlin She said she was evacuated twice in the last week of housing to the east and west of Highway 92.

“If the fire gets there, I’m going to Arizona,” he said as he watched from behind police lines two miles north of his home.

Mario Morales, who has a mobile home on land he owns on the east side of 92, was philosophical. “Just accept it,” the newspaper said. “There is no stopping this monster.”

The winds had dropped by Sunday night and are expected to reach only 10 mph Monday.

“If that forecast holds, it will be a great benefit for firefighters,” he said.

Before the wind spread the flames earlier in the day, the fire was reported 27 percent contained about 21,000 acres, or nearly 33 square miles.

Meanwhile, the huge Wallow fire has been burning in eastern Arizona three weeks remained around 200 residents of Luna, New Mexico, under an evacuation order for the second straight day.

A containment line was maintained through days of strong winds broke on Saturday and the fire ran to the city before the changing winds that turned the community. It was moving north in an area of?? Scattered farms Sunday evening, fire information officer Michael Bridges said.

Despite the evacuation order for Moon, about half of the residents of the city remained in the city.

“If the fire comes back or change things where they have to leave, we still have a starting point, so we still accompany them out of town,” said Ian Fletcher Catron County Undersheriff.

Evacuation orders for the moon came the same day when some other residents displaced by the fire that began May 29 were allowed to return home.

The residents of Alpine, Arizona, were allowed to return home Saturday morning after being forced out by more than two weeks, while residents of the resort town of Greer, Arizona, was allowed to return later to home Monday morning.

The fire has consumed 811 miles square Revolcadero, or 519,319 acres, and more than 3,500 firefighters were trying to stop their advance. It’s bigger than a fire that burned 2002; 732 miles square and 491 buildings destroyed were the largest in state history. Despite its size, the latest fire has destroyed 32 homes and only four cabins for rent. Containment rose to 51 percent on Sunday.

Wallow Fire, which is burning much of Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, is the largest of several wildfires burning in locations throughout the southwestern United States.

Other fires:

- In Texas, firefighters work to contain a huge fire in East Texas is expected to be unseasonably warm and windy weather Monday, a day after several fires broke out across the state and destroyed more than three dozen homes. Hundreds of people were told to evacuate after fire swept through eastern and central parts of the state.

- A new wildfire ignited on Sunday in north-central Arizona, said officials could threaten power lines running to Phoenix, as well as some scattered ranches in the coming days. Eric Nietel, spokesman for the department under fire show, said late Sunday night that the fire, about 40 miles northeast of Payson, Arizona, had burned about 500 acres.

- A fire burning on both sides of the New Mexico and Colorado outer edge of Raton, New Mexico was 80 percent contained and evacuations were lifted everyone. The fire apparently started June 12 by the engine exhaust illegal entry of ATVs on railroad property.

- A fire in Cochise County, Arizona, called Herradura two was 75 percent contained after charring about 210,000 acres – about 330 square kilometers. It has destroyed 23 structures since it began May 8.

- A fire burning nine miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, had burned about 3,000 acres by Monday and was led through the desert northeast of Pecos, U.S. Forest Service, said. The fire began on Saturday and does not threaten the structures.

- Authorities in southern New Mexico were looking for “persons of interest” in their search for the cause of a fire that burned several homes in the forest community of Ruidoso, New Mexico

- A wildfire in California that began in the oil field-Acticline McDonald and moved westward in Temblor Range San Luis Obispo County has burned seven square miles of grassland, or 4740 acres. No structures are threatened. The fire is 20 percent contained.

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