Monument Fire Arizona

June 15, 2011 by USA Post 

Monument Fire ArizonaMonument Fire Arizona, After 13 days of stay in campers, trailers or relatives outside the city to escape a raging forest fire, residents of over 200 Nutrioso, Arizona, will be allowed to return home Wednesday morning. Officials with a task force fighting a massive fire in eastern Arizona said Tuesday the evacuation order issued on June 2 had risen to Nutrioso. These ways of carrying identification showing that living in Nutrioso be allowed to return to the city after 10:00 am Wednesday, authorities said.

The decision to lift the order came at the end of a day when the fire is officially recorded as the worst wildfire in Arizona history and firefighters said they had made significant progress in containing it.

Wallow Fire, which has burned more than 733 square miles in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico, was 20% contained by late Tuesday, authorities said.

“The line of fire around Nutrioso is a good black,” said Peter Frenzen, a team spokesman Southwest Incident Management, which is fighting the fire. “That’s just a testament to the tremendous work going on all around threatened communities.”

The black on the map means that the fire has been arrested outside the city.

“I was totally surprised,” said Alan Miller Nutrioso evacuated CNN affiliate KNXV after learning of the evacuation order was lifted. “I was sitting in my seat squirming. I want to go there now, but I can not do until tomorrow.”

“That feels good,” said Dave Nutrioso evacuated Derkes the affiliate. “I want to go home.”

The fire has broken out across the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest since 29 May. KNXV reported Tuesday night that investigators suspect a campfire started the fire fire.

“I think it was a fire, and we have a couple people of interest we are talking about now,” the spokesman said U.S. Forest Service Christopher Knoff KNXV. The names of these people have not been released.

As the teams gained ground in the Wallow fire, firefighters fought a blaze on Tuesday that has burned 5,200 hectares in southwestern Arizona.

The so-called Monument Fire, which fire officials said yesterday afternoon, threatening the homes of 120 residents and 30 units. It was 10% contained, Katy Hooper of the National Park Service on Tuesday.

Through Arizona, high temperatures, strong winds and a long stretch of very low humidity are feeding at least five fires, with a total area exceeding 250,000 hectares burned.

Revolcadero addition, the largest of the fires is the Herradura Two fires in southern Arizona, which began May 8. The fire, which has so far burned 171,333 acres, was 53% contained by late Tuesday. Firefighters have said the fire was difficult to move forward due to the rugged terrain of the area and relative isolation.

The fire has destroyed 32 homes Wallow and 36 outbuildings including sheds and stables. It has drawn 4,734 firefighters from Arizona and across the country. The fire is the largest fire currently operating in the United States, according Inciweb, an interagency fire information service.

“The big news of this incident is that we still have a total of seven wounded, and all are lower,” Frenzen said Tuesday night.

Before Tuesday, the largest forest fire in Arizona was the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire that burned 722 miles square in Arizona.

Jayson Coil, a manager with the incident response team, said he expected northwest winds could impetus in areas that were protected by fire and push the flames south.

Fire teams are more closely focused on the northern part of Luna, New Mexico, and west to Alpine, Arizona, communities on the eastern flank of the fire, said coil.

Firefighters were working about nine miles from the line of fire at population centers in that section of high priority fire, said. They were burning vegetation near the Moon Lake area on Tuesday in an attempt to strengthen and connect the containment lines.

On the west side of the fire, commander’s focus on shoring up containment lines around Burro Mountain and Sunrise Ski Resort, Coil said.

“There is a line of conifers, where it was in that line, so they require a large amount of additional suppression efforts,” he said. “That is mixed conifer (heat) for a long time.”

Conditions around Greer, Arizona, also continued to improve, with the power to restore the area, said coil. But it is unclear when the residents of that community could be allowed home. Residents evacuated from the Alps are also waiting to hear when they go home.

“We’re talking three, four or five calendar days,” Frenzen said about when evacuation orders for the Alps and Greer could be lifted.

Crews continued to patrol areas near Springerville and Eagar, where some burned areas began to smoke Monday as ultra-low humidity in the area, said coil.

Residents were allowed to return to communities, which are about 170 km east-northeast of Phoenix on Sunday.

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