Arizona Towns Evacuate as Wildfire Grows

Blaze covers 287 square miles

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 6, 2011 8:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – A forest fire continues to rage in Arizona, now covering 287 square miles with some 2,300 firefighters on the scene. The fire, located some 160 miles east of Phoenix, has been blazing for nine days, remains uncontained, and has prompted the evacuation of several towns and subdivisions. Most residents have voluntarily left a nearby vacation village, but others are sticking it out until they’re ordered to leave, the AP reports. “We're all waiting for the word,” said one. It's now the third-largest fire in the state's history.

Joe Reinarz commander of the Type I team battling the Wallow Fire briefs Ariz. Governor Jan Brewer Saturday, June, 4, 2011 in Eagar, Ariz.
Joe Reinarz commander of the Type I team battling the Wallow Fire briefs Ariz. Governor Jan Brewer Saturday, June, 4, 2011 in Eagar, Ariz.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz)
Earl Daniels, left, and his girlfriend Barbara Keehn drink their coffee as heavy smoke for the Wallow fire fills the town of Greer, Ariz., Sunday, June 5, 2011.
Earl Daniels, left, and his girlfriend Barbara Keehn drink their coffee as heavy smoke for the Wallow fire fills the town of Greer, Ariz., Sunday, June 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A 1928 Oldsmobile sedan sits in a flatbed trailer as Allan Johnson, right, and Larry Duffy move furniture as they evacuate their home in Greer, Ariz., Sunday, June 5, 2011.
A 1928 Oldsmobile sedan sits in a flatbed trailer as Allan Johnson, right, and Larry Duffy move furniture as they evacuate their home in Greer, Ariz., Sunday, June 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
An SUV drives through heavy smoke in Greer, Ariz., Sunday, June 5, 2011.
An SUV drives through heavy smoke in Greer, Ariz., Sunday, June 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Firefighter Brian Quimby, of Eagle River, Alaska, rests in a schoolyard after battling the Wallow Fire in Eagar, Ariz., Sunday, June 5, 2011.
Firefighter Brian Quimby, of Eagle River, Alaska, rests in a schoolyard after battling the Wallow Fire in Eagar, Ariz., Sunday, June 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Smoke from the Wallow Fire fills the sky as horses graze outside Eager, Ariz., Sunday June 5, 2011, in Eager, Ariz.
Smoke from the Wallow Fire fills the sky as horses graze outside Eager, Ariz., Sunday June 5, 2011, in Eager, Ariz.   (AP Photo/ The Arizona Republic, Pat Shannahan)
Tim Rogers from the U.S. Forest Service attacks a spot fire in the Chapache subdivision at the Wallow Fire Thursday, June 2, 2011 in Alpine, Ariz.
Tim Rogers from the U.S. Forest Service attacks a spot fire in the Chapache subdivision at the Wallow Fire Thursday, June 2, 2011 in Alpine, Ariz.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz)
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