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More than 2,300 firefighters are battling one of the largest blazes ever to break out in the state of Arizona.
The rapidly moving fire, covering 287 sq miles (743 sq km), is threatening mountain communities in the east of the state.
Smoke from the burning pine forests can be seen in the neighbouring states of New Mexico and Colorado.
Forecasters said conditions could get worse on Monday as winds are expected to pick up.
6 June 2011 Last updated at 11:36
Originally posted by kjk92
Well im from Arizona. lived here all my life and have not seen anything like this before. Only one summer where the smoke was thick enough to look at the sun. but the smoke is really thick and just having a small affect on me. but i cant speak for others who may have other conditions and what not.
Originally posted by whaaa
The AZ fire is almost to the Border of NM. Here in the Rio Grande Valley, the air is thick with smoke, the sun is red and it's hard for some to breathe, especially in the evening. Pray for rain!!
Originally posted by whaaa
reply to post by NiceKid007
Nasty day here in the Rio Grande Valley. Can't see the Mts. Sandias or Monzanos or the Jemez.
Eyes are burning, headaches, visible ash in the air, dogs won't go outside. God it must be horrible close to the fire itself.
The Wallow fire burning in eastern Arizona is approximately 311,481 acres with no level of containment. There are currently rolling blackouts throughout the area due to the testing of the power grid in the community.
Spot fires are occurring up to 3 miles ahead of the fire. Firefighter activities include: burnout operations, building fire line, perimeter control, structure protection, and patrolling for spot fires.
Effective immediately, further evacuations have been ordered by the Apache County Sheriff's Office for all the areas south of Hwy 260 and east of Greer, including South Fork and portions of Eagar. Hwy 260 will remain open for the evacuation and will be closed immediately after the evacuation.
While residents of the town of Eagar were ordered Tuesday to evacuate, authorities Wednesday asked residents of nearby Springerville to clear out as well.
The Wallow Fire, the second largest wildfire in Arizona’s history, is closing in on the two towns that were already in pre-evacuation mode. About 2,700 people from mountain communities were evacuated days earlier, including from the towns of Greer, Sunrise, Alpine, Blue River, and Nutrioso.