Wallow Fire Begins

Since May 29, when the fire began, efforts to contain it have failed due to high heat and strong winds, at times up to 35 mph, that carried flames miles away.

Fire officials said progress had been made against the monster blaze that has raged in and around the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest since May 29. As of early Saturday, the fire was 6 percent contained and more was expected to be announced later in the day.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a Declaration of Emergency Monday afternoon, releasing $200,000 from the Governor’s Emergency Funds to cover emergency response and recovery expenses for damage resulting from the Wallow fire. The declaration also authorizes the mobilization of the Arizona National Guard if needed to protect life and property, as well as the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center.

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