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Wallow Fire tops 400K acres


The Wallow Fire burning in the White Mountains topped 400,000 acres overnight, authorities said.

The wildfire, which is just 5 percent contained, has burned 408,887 acres.

Over 3,000 firefighters are working to halt the blaze, building fire lines and conducting controlled burns to keep the flames away from the towns of Eagar and Springerville.

Slightly cooler and less windy weather Friday gave crews a chance to get ahead of the blaze, which has burned through Arizona's forests since May 29.

29 houses have been destroyed by the fire, with another 5,200 threatened.

In the small town of Greer, where the fire swept through over the past two days, 24 houses were destroyed, along with 24 other structures and one truck. The Apache County Sheriff is notifying property owners who were affected.

Wallow Fire map

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U.S. Forest Service

Fighting the Wallow Fire by lighting a back burn, Wednesday.