Wallow Fire scorches 389K acres
The Wallow Fire in Eastern Arizona has grown to 389,000 acres - about 607 square miles. The blaze in the White Mountains is zero percent contained, authorities said Wednesday morning.
The fire has been driven by wind gusts of up to 35 m.p.h., with spot fires igniting as much as 3 miles ahead of the main blaze.
Extreme fire behavior is predicted again Wednesday due to forecast high winds and low humidity, authorities said.
About 2,000 firefighters and 14 helicopters are working to stop the human-caused wildfire, which has been declared the country's number-one priority for firefighting resources.
Fire crews bulldozed 10 miles of fire line south of Springerville and Eagar on Tuesday, and conducted controlled burns to block the wildfire's path.
Smoke from the Wallow Fire, now the second-largest in Arizona history, has spread as far as Iowa. The fire ignited May 29.
11 structures have been destroyed by the wildfire, and the communities of Sunrise, Greer, Alpine and Nutrioso were evacuated earlier this week. No injuries have been reported.
Springerville, Ariz., and Luna, N.M. are under pre-evacuation alerts, but authorities said Tuesday that the fire is unlikely to burn either town.
The Apache National Forest is closed to all public entry due to the extreme fire conditions.
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