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
· A community meeting is being held at the Springerville High School Auditorium, Tuesday, June 7, 6:00p.m.
· 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 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.
· 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.
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/.
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