Choppers drop water as Arizona Wallow Fire rages

Choppers drop water as Arizona Wallow Fire rages

14 June 2011

published by www.ibtimes.com


USA — As the Wallow Wildfire along the Arizona-New Mexico border continues to burn, firefighting flight mission crews kept fetching water from Luna Lake to drop it over the flares on Monday.

The fire has blacked 336,000 acres (136,000 hectares), making it the second largest forest fire on record in Arizona, as it cut through the popular mountain retreat of Greer in the eastern part of the state, Reuters reported.

High winds and low humidity have worsened the situation for locals and fire fighters, battling the blaze that has forced as many as 10,000 people from their homes and charred 680 square miles.

Below are some of the latest pictures of Arizona Wallow Fire, as fire fighters on helicopters dropped water from Luna Lake to combat the flames:

A heavy helicopter returns to Luna Lake after dropping water on a flair up north of the lake, on the eastern edge of the Wallow Wildfire outside Alpine, Arizona near the state border west of the town of Luna, New Mexico June 13, 2011.

A heavy helicopter lifts off from Luna Lake, on the eastern edge of the Wallow Wildfire outside Alpine, Arizona near the state border west of the town of Luna, New Mexico, as a flare up erupts north of the lake June 13, 2011.

A heavy helicopter returns to Luna Lake after dropping water on a flair up north of the lake, on the eastern edge of the Wallow Wildfire outside Alpine, Arizona near the state border west of the town of Luna, New Mexico June 13, 2011.


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