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Wallow Fire tops 400K acres

  • Fighting the Wallow Fire by lighting a back burn, Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceFighting the Wallow Fire by lighting a back burn, Wednesday.
  • A Platte Canyon firefighter with a drip torch lights a back burn near Greer, Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceA Platte Canyon firefighter with a drip torch lights a back burn near Greer, Wednesday.
  • Night burnout operations help strengthen the fire line, Tuesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceNight burnout operations help strengthen the fire line, Tuesday.
  • Night burnout operations help strengthen the fire line, Tuesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceNight burnout operations help strengthen the fire line, Tuesday.
  • Del Rosa Hotshots at the Wallow Fire, Thursday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceDel Rosa Hotshots at the Wallow Fire, Thursday.
  • Fighting the Wallow Fire, Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceFighting the Wallow Fire, Wednesday.
  • The Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceThe Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
  • Smoke billows from the Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceSmoke billows from the Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
  • Fighting the Wallow Fire, Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceFighting the Wallow Fire, Wednesday.
  • A helicopter drops water on the Wallow Fire, Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceA helicopter drops water on the Wallow Fire, Wednesday.
  • The Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceThe Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
  • The Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceThe Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
  • The Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceThe Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
  • The Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceThe Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
  • The Wallow Fire on Wednesday.
    U.S. Forest ServiceThe Wallow Fire on Wednesday.

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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