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Arizona wildfire 3rd largest ever
Published in Bikya Masr on 05 - 06 - 2011

LOS ANGELES: The ongoing Arizona wildfire in Wallow grew substantially over the weekend to 140,000 acres, making it the third largest wildfire in the state's history, officials reported.
“Luckily, the winds are going to slightly decrease today so we should be able to get our aerial resources in,” Maricopa Fire Department spokesman Brad Pitassi told The Arizona Republic. “But if a couple strong wind gusts hit, there's no telling how far this fire could reach.”
Governor Jan Brewer will visit the area Saturday and meet with fire officials, the same newspaper reported.
The fire doubled in size Friday to more than 120,000 acres, consuming 60,000 acres in two days and forcing the evacuation of more than 2,000 residents.
Flames burned six vacation cabins and an equestrian resort about 8 miles from where it started, the Arizona Daily Star reported Saturday.
Officials said they're concerned the Wallow Fire could endanger the communities of Greer, Springerville and Eagar.
“The fire still has zero containment. The wind is spiking up. Today will be worse than yesterday, and yesterday was a bad day,” said Apache County Manager Delwin P. Wengert. “The humidity is low, the winds are about 30 mph and they just can't seem to contain it. They're really just trying to protect structures right now and stay out of the fire. Our main fear is that it will continue to burn toward Round Valley.”
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