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U.S. Wildfires – June 16 Update

Posted by feww on June 16, 2011

Wallow Fire Continues to Grow

Wallow Fire Progression Map – June 15, 2011

Map prepared on June 14, 2011 @ 23:44 (?) and is said to be based on IR heat perimeter. Source: InciWeb. Click image to enlarge (1.8MB)

Wallow Fire – Basic Information [from InciWeb]

  • Date of Origin: Sunday May 29th, 2011 approx. 01:30 PM
  • Location:  Eastern AZ near Alpine, Nutrioso, and Springerville
  • Current Situation
    • Total Personnel: 4,656
    • Size: 478,452 acres
    • Percent Contained: 29%
  • Fuels Involved:10 Timber (litter and understory)
  • Fire Behavior: Active backing fire with isolated interior torching and short uphill runs where topography and winds align.
  • Growth Potential: high
  • Terrain Difficulty: high
  • Current Weather
    • Wind Conditions: 5-16 G25 mph SW
    • Temperature:  76-87 degrees
    • Humidity: 6-8%

Current Evacuations

  • Evacuations remain in effect in Sunrise, Greer, Blue River and Alpine.
  • The communities of Greer, and Alpine remain evacuated due to continued active fire behavior in unburned islands within and around these communities. Hazardous burned-out trees, unstable slopes and rockfall, as well as burned out power poles are being evaluated and mitigated.

Evacuee Information

  • Today’s 10 A.M. meeting for evacuees only will be held at the Blue Ridge H. S. in Pinetop/Lakeside.
  • Evacuees whose Post Office is closed may pick up their mail at the Eagar Post Office.
  • 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 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 for evacuation.
  • Road Closures according to Arizona Department of Transportation:

Horse Shoe Two Fire

Fire Summary

  • Bulletin released on June 15, 2011 9:00 pm (MST)
  • Date of Origin: Sunday May 08th, 2011 approx. 11:00 AM
  • Location: T28S R31E Sect 32, Near Portal, AZ
  • Total Personnel: 1,379
  • Size: 184,198 acres
  • Percent Contained: 60%
  • Estimated Containment Date: Wednesday June 22nd, 2011 approx. 06:00 PM
  • Fuels Involved: Mixed conifer, oak brush, pinyon,juniper, ponderosa pine and grasses.
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
  • Current Weather
    • Temperature: 98 degrees
    • Humidity: 4%

Horseshoe Two Fire Satellite Image

Arizona’s Horseshoe Two fire was burning in two separate areas on June 14, when MODIS on the Terra satellite captured this photo-like image. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. NOTE: The largest image of this event show both the Wallow Fire, Arizona’s largest ever, and a major fire in Mexico.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (southern Georgia)

Honey Prairie Complex :180,998 acres burned 75% Contained (consists of Honey Prairie and Paxton Road Fire)

The Honey Prairie Complex fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia was reportedly started by lightning on April 28, 2011. This image was taken by MODIS on the Terra satellite on June 13, 2011.  Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge.  

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