FACTS: Wallow Fire now largest wildfire in recorded Arizona history

SPRINGERVILLE, AZ - The Wallow Fire has hit over 469,000 acres in eastern Arizona Tuesday and is now the largest wildfire in our state's recorded history.

MAP: Compare the Wallow Fire with the state's previous largest wildfire, the Rodeo-Chediski Fire from June 2002.

Fire information officers confirmed with ABC15 that 469,407 acres in eastern Arizona have been scorched in the massive blaze. Officials say it is now 18 percent contained.

Here is a look at Arizona's biggest wildfires:

1) The Wallow Fire burned 469,407 acres as of 6:40 a.m. Monday

2) The Rodeo-Chediski Fire burned 468,638 acres near Show Low in 2002.

3) The Cave Creek Complex Fire burned 248,000 acres - just northeast of the Valley - in 2005.

4) The Horseshoe Two Fire in Cochise County started May 8th and is still burning. As of Tuesday morning, has charred 157,254 acres

5) The Willow Fire burned 120,000 acres near Payson back in 2004.

A news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. today regarding the Wallow Fire. Stay with ABC15.com for updates.

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Location: Apache, Navajo, Graham, and Greenlee Counties, San Carlos and Fort Apache Reservations, Arizona; Catron County, New Mexico

Injuries to Date: 7

Total personnel: 4734 Includes 24 hotshot crews; 77 hand crews

Date Started: 05/29/2011

Cause: Human - under investigation

Size: 469,407 acres total

Residences: 2,714 threatened; 32 destroyed;

5 damaged

Commercial Property: 473 threatened; 4 destroyed

Percent Contained: 18%

Resources: 20 Helicopters, 5 Air Tankers available; 347 Engines; 70 Water Tenders; 22 Dozers

Outbuildings: 1,216 threatened; 36 destroyed;

1 damaged;

Vehicles: 1 destroyed.

Fire Update

Fire containment remains at 10%. Firefighters made good progress at strengthening and holding existing control lines and beginning to mop-up in inactive fire areas north of Black River. Firelines immediately south of Black River are holding. Construction of 9-10 miles of indirect line along the south end of the fire continues in preparation for a planned burnout when conditions are optimal. A burnout operation west and north of the Blue River drainage is holding. Areas that have been burned-out are being monitored by both ground and air. Light winds and an atmospheric inversion wiill hold smoke at the surface overnight. Firefighters have had success in limiting what has burned on reservation lands.
Crews mopped-up and performed hazard tree removal in the Alpine, Nutrioso, Tal Wi Wi, South Fork, and Greer areas, and completed burnouts along FR 220 south to US 180. Fire is being allowed to back into prepared containment lines along US 180, and will be assisted by some aerial ignition. There is minimal fire activity on the north and northwest flanks. Crews are working on structure protection and brushing along road 281 to strengthen it as a containment line.

Current Evacuations

· 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.
· There have been no evacuations in New Mexico.
· The evacuation of Springerville, Eagar and South Fork has been lifted.

Evacuee Information

· An evacuee meeting will be held June 14 at Blue Ridge High School in Pinetop/Lakeside at 10 A.M.
· Mail for evacuees may be picked up at the Eagar Post Office beginning Tuesday, June 14.
· The evacuation center is located at Blue Ridge High School, 1200 W. White Mtn. Blvd., Pinetop/Lakeside. The phone number for the Red Cross operated evacuation center is (602) 336-6660.
· 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.

Pre-Evacuation Alert

* A pre-evacuation alert continues in Apache County for Greens Peak, Hidden Meadows Lodge and the surrounding areas.
· A pre-evacuation alert by the Catron County Sheriff's Office continues for Luna, New Mexico.
* Residents in the communities affected by this fire are asked to remain prepared to evacuate should an order be issued.
Road Closures according to Arizona Department of Transportation: http://www.azdot.gov
· US 191 is closed between Alpine and north of Clifton (milepost 176-253).
· State Routes 261 (mileposts 395-413) and 273 (mileposts 378-394), the main access roads to Big Lake and Crescent Lake in the White Mountains, are closed.
· SR 373 that connects the town of Greer with SR 260 west of Eagar is closed (mileposts 386-391).
· US 180 is closed between the SR 260 junction near Eagar and the New Mexico state line (mileposts 403-433).
· In southern Arizona, SR 366 is closed at milepost 118 leading up to Mount Graham (milepost 143) near Safford after the U.S. Forest Service determined the risk of wildfire is too extreme to allow access.

Road Openings

· U.S. 60 is open.

Highway 260 reopened at noon between the Hawley Lake turnoff and the South Fork junction (mileposts 369-390).

Closures and Restrictions

Apache - Sitgreaves National Forest: The Apache portion of the Forest is closed to all public entry. For the Sitgreaves portion of the National Forest, a temporary emergency closure order is in effect. For further information call the Arizona fire restrictions hotline (877) 864-6985 or www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php .

Gila National Forest:

A closure is in effect for the western portion of the Gila National Forest in the Quemado, Reserve and Glenwood Ranger Districts. See http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or call (575) 388-8201, TTY (575) 388-8497.

Public Information

The public may call the following numbers for area specific fire information:

* Springerville, Eagar, Greer, Alpine (928) 333-3412 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. or (702) 308-3238, (702) 308-3357, (702) 308-8227 from 8 a.m. to 8.p.m.
* Luna and Reserve, NM (575) 533-6928
* Areas south and west of the fire including San Carols and Fort Apache tribal lands:
(877)701-8201 or (928) 205-9884

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