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The Wallow fire burns toward the town, located north of Greer, Ariz.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rob Schumacher / The Arizona Republic

A sign advises people to evacuate as the Wallow fire approaches.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press

Fire public information officer Theresa Mendoza walks on a ridge top as the Wallow fire burns behind her outside Eagar on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press

A firefighter sleeps at the incident command post for the Wallow fire June 8, 2011 in Springerville, Ariz.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eric Thayer / Getty Images

Smoke from the Wallow fire billows over the White Mountains near Eagar, Ariz. June 7, 2011.


Wayne Lutz takes a break from raking dead grass as he tries to protect his house from the Wallow fire in Eagar, Ariz. June 7, 2011.


Alex Verdugo, of Eager, comforts her dog in the back her dad's truck filled with hunting trophies. Her family was evacuating to Show Low from the Wallow fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pat Shannahan / The Arizona Republic

Miles of smoke billow skyward from the Wallow fire June 7, 2011, near Greer, Ariz.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press

Robert Joseph, 64, rides his ATV as smoke plumes from the Wallow fire fill the sky in Luna, N.M., Monday, June 6, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Elizabeth Mylott, of Gilbert, Ariz., cheers firefighters entering Greer, Ariz. after the Wallow fire forced the evacuation of the small mountain community June 6, 2011. Mylott owns a cabin in Pinetop.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Chow / The Arizona Republic

Smoke from the Wallow fire fills the sky as the sun sets over the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Luna, N.M., June 6, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

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Wildfires in Arizona, which are the second largest in state history, are spreading in several locations. The Wallow fire is the major blaze, but there are also the Murphy and Horseshoe Two fires in Arizona and the Miller fire in New Mexico. Winds and low humidity have hampered firefighters’ attempts to control the blazes.


  1. June 9, 2011, 12:43 am

    godbless my son hes one of the fire fighters in arizona

  2. June 12, 2011, 9:34 am

    Yes, Godbless your son and mine. He too is fighting in this fire…all the way from North Dakota.

  3. June 12, 2011, 6:26 pm

    Your son and mine too! I just wrap him in a "bubble" of love and protection. May everyone be safe…

  4. June 13, 2011, 12:50 pm

    You should be so proud of your firefighter sons and daughters. I ask that God bless them and keep them safe!

    By: Ellie Lowder
  5. June 16, 2011, 2:51 pm

    i have been on the fire lines. it is the worse thing i have ever seen. i hope you son and daughter will come home safe as everyone else!

    By: socksofarizona
  6. June 20, 2011, 5:36 pm

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