Arizona's Wallow Fire Now State's Largest to Date

Category: / Jun 15, 2011 11:14AM EDT
Having consumed over 469,000 acres, the Arizona Wallow Fire that has been raging for the past two weeks officially set a new record Tuesday becoming the state’s largest wildfire in history. Forcing the evacuation of close to 10,000 people, the massive fire believed to have been ignited by a campfire on May 29th, has already destroyed 32 homes and 36 outbuildings including sheds and barns. Nearly 5000 firefighters from Arizona and across the nation are battling the blaze and have managed to bring the containment level to 20% even as the fire continues to spread due to high velocity winds, dry weather, and dense vegetation. 18% of the fire’s perimeter has been reported contained, but firefighters believe the blaze could persist for another few weeks. Only seven fire-related injuries have been reported and they were all minor. A spokesman said Tuesday evening that two people have been questioned about the abandoned campfire believed to be the origin of the devastating wildfire. Their names have not been released.