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Arizona Wildfires Update – June 19

Posted by feww on June 19, 2011

Wallow Fire Crosses US 180, Burns Toward Luna, NM 

(Posted June 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.) Strong southwest winds have caused the Wallow Fire to breach containment lines along US 180, on the east side of the fire. The fire is burning toward Luna, New Mexico which, as of 3:15 p.m., is being evacuated.

  • High winds have also caused very active fire behavior in the Blue River area.
  • A Red Flag Warning to continue Sunday because of strong winds and low relative humidity.
  • Southwest winds are expected to increase to 20-30 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph.
  • Humidity is in the single digits.
  • Strong winds and low relative humidity could create extreme fire behavior.


The Landsat 5 satellite captured this image of Wallow Fire, consuming a large section of eastern Arizona forests on June 15 at 3:54 pm EDT. In this false-colored image burn scars appear in red and ongoing fire in bright red. Vegetation is colored green, smoke is colored blue and bare ground is tan-colored. Source: USGS.

Wallow Fire Summary:

  • Size: 500,409 acres total
  • Percent Contained: 38%
  • Location: Apache, Navajo, Graham, and Greenlee counties; White Mountain Apache Reservation; San Carlos Apache Reservation, Ariz.; Catron County, N.M.
  • Injuries to Date: 11
  • Total Personnel: 4,152, including 19 hotshot crews; 64 handcrews
  • Commercial Property: 473 threatened; 4 destroyed
  • Outbuildings: 1,216 threatened; 36 destroyed; 1 damaged
  • Vehicles: 1 destroyed

Wallow Fire Evacuations


Source: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ photostream

Public Safety Issues

  • Smoke from the ongoing wildfires in AZ will continue to impact southwestern NM.
  • Apache County is in contact with local Fire Departments to begin the process of staging sandbag locations in anticipation of the monsoon season. Burned areas can produce significantly more run-off resulting in flooding, mud and debris flows. More information will be provided as locations are confirmed.

Current Evacuations

  • Luna, NM was evacuated as of 3:15 p.m. today.
  • Evacuations remain in effect in Sunrise, Greer and Blue River.

Evacuee Information

  • An evacuation center is open at the High School in Reserve, NM for Luna residents.
  • 10 a.m. daily evacuee meetings will be held at the former Evacuation Center at Blue Ridge High School.
  • Arizona evacuees whose Post Office is closed may pick up their mail at the Eagar Post Office.

Pre-Evacuation Alert

  • A pre-evacuation alert continues in Apache County for Greens Peak, Hidden Meadows Lodge and surrounding areas.
  • Residents in these communities are asked to remain prepared for evacuation.

Horseshoe Two Fire
(Posted on June 18, 2011, at 9:15 p.m.) The Horseshoe Two fire is 210,331 acres and is estimated to be 75 percent contained.

Fire Summary

  • Size: 210,331 acres
  • Percent Contained: 75%
  • Location: Portal, Arizona
  • Total structures destroyed: 23
  • Cost to Date: $44,412,804
  • Source: Great Basin 2 Incident Management Team

Monument Fire Update

Location: Coronado National Memorial/Coronado National Forest

New Evacuations Announced as of 5:15 pm, 6/18/2011

Hard (Mandatory) Evacuation: All areas north of Hereford Rd, east of Y Lightning Rd, South of Ramsey Rd, East to San Pedro River.

Pre-Evacuation: All areas north of Ramsey Road, east of Y Lightning Rd. south of Buffalo Soldier Trail/Lower Ranch Road to the San Pedro River.

Pre-Evacuation Areas:
Most Current Alert: Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Information Alert

Fire Summary

  • Size: 20,956 acres
  • Percent Contained: 27%
  • Location: 4 Miles east of Hereford, Az
  • Current Weather
    • Temperature: 96 degrees
    • Humidity: 7%

Track Fire, NM

  • Date of Origin: Monday June 27th, 2011 approx. 11:00 AM
  • Location: 1 Mile North of Raton, NM
  • Size: 27,140 acres
  • Percent Contained: 45%
  • Current Weather
    • Wind Conditions: 20 G/35 mph SW
    • Temperature: 84 degrees
    • Humidity: 14%

New Mexico:

Alaska

North Carolina: Pains Bay Fire
Texas: Dos Amigos FIRE

Honey Prairie Complex

  • Size; 231,018 Acres
  • Contained: 54%
  • Click HERE for additional info

Texas Initial Attack 2011

  • West Texas total: 251 fires for 24,073 acres. New: 10. New acres: 385.
  • East Texas total: 776 fires for 10,846 acres. New: 13. New acres: 175.

Florida: Bicy Oil Pad Fire Complex

  • Cause: Lightning
  • Location: Big Cypress National Preserve (FL)
  • Size: 9,500 acres

A new start – the Corral Fire – occurred on Thursday, June 16, 2011 increasing the number of active fires within the complex to five. A map of approximate locations of active fires posted at http://www.nps.gov/bicy/naturescience/oil-pad-fire-complex.htm

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2 Responses to “Arizona Wildfires Update – June 19”

  1. Erin Perkins said

    I’m praying for everyone..My children’s grandparents have been evacuated..they are staying at the Buena high school in Sierra Vista..they say..the community has come together and helped them immensely..as well their animals.I want to give a shout out to all who are coming together and helping..what a beautiful bunch of people..human kindness rains upon Hereford and Sierra Vista at a time of need..I’m praying for all!!

    • feww said

      FIRE-EARTH Moderators send their best wishes to you and your family, friends and everyone else who’s helping out.

      Much more powerful than the effect of prayer is the expression of love for the planet, and the best way to support her struggle to stay alive is through THOUGHT and ACTION.

      Life would be impossible on a dead planet.

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