Updated at 6:07 p.m. MT, June 7, 2011: additional evacuation orders.
Update at 6:07 p.m. MT, June 7, 2011. This message was sent by the incident management team at 4:47 p.m. today. This is referring to the north side of the fire in the Greer and Eagar area:
Further evacuations have been ordered by the Apache County Sheriff’s Office for all areas south of highway 260 and east of Greer, including South Fork and portions of Eagar. Highway 260 will remain open for the evacuation and will be closed immediately after the evacuation.
The Wallow fire has now been mapped at 311,481 acres, according to a report from the incident management team on Tuesday. Ten structures have burned and 343 are threatened.
Below is a map that has heat data updated at 12:05 p.m. MT, June 7, 2011.
Based on estimates, ESTIMATES, using heat shown on the satellite images, the fire at 12:05 p.m. MT, June 7 appeared to be the following distances, in miles, from these communities: Greer (very close), Eagar 4, Luna, 6, Morenci 35. These are measurements taken from the images and may not be accurate. Do not rely on these estimates for making decisions about evacuation.
Here is some updated from the incident management team on Tuesday:
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 CR 4000, CR 4001, and CR 4225.
Pre-Evacuation Alert: Pre-evacuation alert issued by Apache County Sheriff’s Office for Eager, Springerville and South Fork, and the Catron County Sheriff’s Office has issued one for for Luna, New Mexico.
Yesterday we experienced extreme fire behavior due to the forecast high winds and low humidity; similar weather conditions are expected today. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the area. The fire has become established on the east side of Highway 191, just north of the Alpine Divide, and is moving toward the Escudilla Wilderness. Today we expect another active fire day, especially on the north and east flanks of the fire. Firefighters are continuing to work around the clock, day and night shifts. Spot fires are occurring up to 3 miles ahead of the fire. Firefighter activities include: building fire line, perimeter control, structure protection, and patrolling for spot fires.
A call center has been established by the White Mountain Joint Information Center for information, including evacuation information, regarding the Wallow fire. Their phone number is (928) 333-3412, and their web site is 593.org. InciWeb is another source.
Here are some links to live cameras in the general area of the Wallow fire:
- Sunrise Ski Resort in Greer; web cam #2; may only be available from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MST.
- Springerville, Round Valley High School (Near Eagar); click Time-Lapse
- Molly Butler Lodge in Greer; click Time-Lapse
- Greercabin.com (a view of a forest and a thermometer, no sky view)
Horseshoe 2 fire
The fire has burned 104,285 acres and is 55% contained.
From the incident management team, at 8:00 a.m. MT, June 7, 2011:
A red flag warning has been issued today for high winds and low humidity. Firefighters continue to fortify containment lines on the north and northwest portions of the wildfire in order to protect the community of Whitetail and Chiricahua National Monument. The goal is to safely hold the fire south of Road #181 and East Whitetail Canyon Road. Firefighters are expecting extreme fire behavior this afternoon and evening with gusty winds and humidity as low as 5%. Wind gusts may again prevent the use of helicopters to support firefighters.
Weather data from a RAWS weather station near the Horseshoe 2 fire.
This fire has burned 50,122 acres, 5 miles east of Arivaca, Arizona and is 15% contained.
More information from the incident management team today:
Concerns: The Pajarita Fire started yesterday and traveled agressively in a northeastern direction towards the Murphy Fire. Today at approximately 5pm the head of the Pajarita Fire merged with the Murphy Fire near Walker Canyon at the El Paso Gas Line Road. Two ranches along Ruby Road near Pena Blanca lake were evacuated , but no structures were lost.
Summary: Fire crews continued the burn operation south along the El Paso Gas Line road towards Ruby Road. This burnout operation along with air support was successful in keeping the fire from spreading East into the community of Rio Rico. The Pajarita Fire merged with this burn out operation at approximately Walker Canyon. The Earlier pre-evacuation notice that was sent out by Santa Cruz County Sherriff’s Department has been lifted. The Pajarita Fire continues to slowly back to the southwest towards Sycamore Canyon. Fire crews and air support are actively suppressing this part of the firev .
Update: our June 8 article has updated information about the Wallow fire.