Wallow Fire Updated Map, Incident Info – Still Zero Containment, Spreading

The Wallow Fire spread to the north and east yesterday. With no containment the fire is free to roam with the wind and there will be plenty of wind today. A pre-evacuation notice has been issued for Eagar and Springerville. Greer should be on watch today. Here is the weather summary for Springerville today, winds to 22 from the S/W.

Incident Overview (Inciweb)

The Wallow Fire is burning in eastern Arizona near the communities of Alpine, Nutrioso, and Springerville.
Date Started: 5/29/2011
Number of Personnel: Approximately 2,515 personnel
Location: south and west of Alpine, Arizona
Including 31 hotshot crews and 25 handcrews
Cause: Human – under investigation
Equipment: 12 dozers, 138 engines, 31 watertenders
Size: 233,552 acres (Infrared data as of June 5, 10:09 P.M.)
Aircraft: 22 helicopters

Percent Contained: 0%

Injuries to Date: none
Community Meeting
· A community meeting is being held at the Springerville High School Auditorium, Tuesday, June 7, 6:00p.m.

Current Evacuations

· Evacuation of the Sunrise and Greer communities was announced this afternoon by the Sheriff’s Office.
· The evacuation of Blue River, Alpine and Nutrioso residents remains in effect.
· Evacuations by the Apache County Sheriff’s Office included the following subdivisions along highways 180/191: Escudilla Mountain Estates, Bonita, White Mtn. Acres, and the H-V Ranch. This area includes CR 4000, CR 4001, and CR 4225

Pre-Evacuation Advisories

Pre-evacuation alert issued by Apache County Sheriff’s Office for Eager and Springerville.
· Catron County Sheriff’s Office has issued a pre-evacuation notice to the residents of Luna, New Mexico.
Residents in the communities affected by this fire are asked to remain prepared in the event an order is needed.

Fire Update

· Structures threatened: 348 ; Structures lost: 4
· Firefighters continue perimeter control in conjunction with San Carlos and Ft. Apache Indian reservations and continue point protection around values at risk.
· Spot fires occurred up to 3 miles ahead of the fire on the northeast flank due to extreme winds.
· A Red Flag warning remains in effect until 8:00pm due to low humidity and high winds.
Closures:
Due to extreme fire conditions, the Apache National Forest is closed to all public entry. See website for closure order details. Please see the Forest website for more information: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Fire Restrictions: A Temporary Emergency Closure Order for the Apache National Forest was issued effective June 3 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). For more information, please call the Arizona fire restrictions hotline 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://www.wildlandfire.az.gov/.

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday May 29th, 2011 approx. 01:30 PM
Location Eastern AZ near Alpine, Nutrioso, and Springerville
Incident Commander Joe Reinarz, John Philbin

4 Comments

  • mofo says:

    Mike, is this from imaging Sunday night or Monday night?

    Also, I don’t know if you have an answer or not, but do you have any idea why there are no slurry bombers hitting this thing?

    • Maggie says:

      Hi mofo, I’m in the Phx/Scottsdale area & can tell you that both yesterday and today, the Wallow area was in red flag status 10am-8pm. Yesterday sustained winds were 25 all days/gusting to 45. At 10:30 last night winds were still in the high teens… So – the air fight was grounded yesterday on safety concerns and remains that way today, gusts expected to 35.  Not sure how many bombers we have here (I’ve heard one (and saw just one on telecast)), but can’t verify that.  22 helis verified by inciweb, grounded & waiting… I have a contact on the ground in Alpine; Escudilla Mtn, north of Alpine/west of Nutrioso is on fire (reflected on geomac map). Escudilla is steep & dangerous for ground crews. This also means there’s fire on 3 sides of Alpine, not a good situation.  Humidity remains below 10% today, and wind is not forecasted to ease up until Thursday.
      p.s. the GeoMAC imaging was from 6/7, 7a.m., the satellite image also from today.  If you pass your cursor over the images, it will display a date stamp.  6.7.11, 2:00p.m.

      • mofo says:

        Thanks Maggie.  I’ve since heard from people watching from 260 that there are 4-6 slurry bombers working the NW front S of Greer today.  Running up the SW face of Escudilla is bad news.  I sure hope they’re able to save some of these communities in the path.

        • MIKE says:

          Nice intel Maggie and mofo. Wind as always is key but even without wind this one is a mother because of low fuel moisture and terrain. This is beyond sad for the forest. Heartbreaking.

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