GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation
Arizona Wildfires trigger many evacuations
09 June 2011
Latest Update: 1155 MST (Mountain Standard Time, Arizona), 09 June 2011
Date Started: 5/29/2011
Number of Personnel: Approximately 3,012
Location: south and west of Alpine, Arizona
Including 24 hotshot crews and 79 handcrews
Cause: Human – under investigation
Equipment: 18 dozers, 197 engines, 61 watertenders
Size: 348,235 acres based on last night’s infared flight
Aircraft: 16 helicopters
Percent Contained: 0%
Injuries to Date: 3 minor injuries
4,018 threatened; 1 damaged; 16 lost
Area Command Team 3 (Jim Loach, Area Commander) is now managing the Wallow Fire
Full evacuation of Eagar and Springerville. The evacuations were ordered by the Apache County Sheriff’s Office about 4:00 p.m. on June 8.
Sunrise, Greer, Blue River, Alpine, Nutrioso, and the following subdivisions along highways 180/191: Escudilla Mountain Estates, Bonita, White Mtn. Acres, and the H-V Ranch. This area includes County Road (CR) 4000, CR 4001, and CR 4225.
The evacuation center is located at Blue Ridge High School, 1200 W. White Mtn. Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside.
- A pre-evacuation alert has been issued by Apache County for Greens Peak, Hidden Meadow and the surrounding areas.
- A pre-evacuation alert has been issued by Catron County Sheriff’s Office for Luna, New Mexico.
- Residents in the communities affected by this fire are asked to remain prepared in the event an evacuation order is needed.
- Residents with livestock or animals that need care should contact the Apache County Sheriff’s Office (928) 337-4321 or the Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office (928) 865-4149.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reminds motorists traveling that the following closures on state highways remain in effect:
Nearly 20 miles of U.S. 60 has been closed from Springerville to the New Mexico state line due to the Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona. This closure stretches from milepost 384 to 401.
State Route 260 is closed in both directions east of the Hawley Lake turnoff (State Route 473 junction) and Eagar. SR 260 is closed between mileposts 372-398 near Eagar.
State Route 373, a 4.5 mile-long highway that connects the town of Greer in eastern Arizona with SR 260 west of Eagar, is closed.
U.S. 191 is closed between Alpine and north of Clifton (mileposts 176-253).
State routes 261 and 273, the main access roads to Big Lake and Crescent Lake in the White Mountains, are closed. SR 261 is closed starting approximately seven miles south of SR 260 to Crescent.
Lake (mileposts 395-413) and SR 273 is closed between the SR 260 junction and to the SR 261 junction (mileposts 378-394).
U.S. 180 is closed between the SR 260 junction near Eagar and the New Mexico state line (mileposts 403-433).
For current road conditions , please visit http://www.azdot.gov/
Last night, fire crews concentrated their efforts prepping roads and dozer lines for burnout operations south of Route 851 and Circle Flat area that leads into New Mexico. Fire activity increased on the west side of the fire towards the communities of Greer and Eagar due to high wind and low humidity.
Crews are currently stationed at Big Lake to reduce travel times, ensuring firefighter safety. Structural protection is in place in Greer, South Fork, Eagar, Alpine, Nutrioso, and Escudillo Flats. Firefighters will be conducting burnout operations on the northern and eastern portions of the fire to p limit the fire’s spread. Firefighters continue to hold line, mop-up, and patrol other areas of the fire. Creeping, smoldering, and active backing fire with short upslope runs was observed yesterday on the southern portion of fire. Firefighters are constructing indirect line and conducting burnout operations. Today southwest winds of 8-15mph with gusts to 25 mph are expected.
Recent Media Reports on Fires in the Arizona
USA: Arizona wildfire threat grows, with no end in sight (published by www.latimes.com, 09 June 2011)
USA: Arizona wildfire forces full evacuation of two cities (published by http://edition.cnn.com, 09 June 2011)
USA: Massive Ariz. wildfire nears resort town (published by http://news.yahoo.com, 09 June 2011)
USA: Wallow Fire threatens to overtake Greer as evacuees flee (published by www.azcentral.com, 09 June 2011)
USA: Arizona bushfire threatening New Mexico (published by www.abc.net.au, 09 June 2011)
USA: Arizona forest fire could bring rolling blackouts to El Paso area (published by www.istockanalyst.com, 08 June 2011)
USA: Wildfire puts gas well sites at risk (published by www.gosanangelo.com, 08 June 2011)
USA: Allen calls on federal government to reform forest management policies (published by www.wmicentral.com, 07 June 2011)
USA: Thousands ordered to evacuate as mammoth forest fire encroaches on Arizona town (published by www.washingtonpost.com, 07 June 2011)
USA: Emergency declared over Ariz. wildfires (published by www.upi.com, 06 June 2011)
USA: Uncontrolled Arizona Wildfire now 4th Largest in State History (published by www.suite101.com, 03 June 2011)
USA: Evacuation orders for Alpine as Wallow Fire expands (published by www.azcentral.com, 02 June 2011)
USA: Arizona wildfires prompt evacuation orders (published by www.cbsnews.com, 02 June 2011)
USA: As Arizona Fire Rages, So Does Rumor on Its Origin (published by www.nytimes.com, 01 June 2011)
For more reports see GFMC Media page: https://gfmc.online/media-highlights-on-fire-policies-and-politics.html