Arizona Wildfire: Ravaged Eastern Arizona For the Ninth Straight Day

Category: / Jun 07, 2011 4:47PM EDT
An out-of-control wildfire has ravaged eastern Arizona for the ninth straight day, and in the last 24 hours, has consumed 78,000 acres. Already covering more than 300,000 acres, what has been dubbed, the Wallow Fire, the blazing inferno first reported on May 29th, is the second largest fire in the state on record. More than 2500 people are currently engaged in a battle to contain the wildfire that has burned down 10 structures, threatened close to 350 more, and is currently creeping toward the New Mexico border. Struggling with high heat and strong winds up to 40 miles per hour, as of Tuesday the Wallow Fire remained at a containment level of 0%. Six mountain communities and several scattered subdivisions have already been evacuated, while the larger towns of Springerville and Eagar remain in pre-evacuation mode. Residents have been instructed to be ready to move in 12 to 24 hours or less. The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Lakeside for displaced residents and as of Tuesday commenced the delivery of much needed supplies to evacuees, including everything from bottled water to breathing masks, which have become the top priority item. For more information on how you can help or to make a donation, visit and to make a quick $10 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, you can text REDCROSS to 90999. That $10 donation will show up on your cell phone bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance.