Digital News Report – The Arizona wildfires have been going on for weeks and has burned almost 800,000 acres of land. Some progress has been made and the Arizona and New Mexico wildfires are starting to have some level on containment. The Wallow fire has moved into parts of New Mexico.
The Wallow wildfire has burned 527,774 acres and officials report 58 percent containment. There still is a mandatory evacuation for residents of Blue River, Arizona. There is also a pre-evacuation alert for Apache County, AZ for Greens Peak, Hidden Meadows Lodge and surrounding areas. Road closures for several highways in the fire area continue. There are 3,389 fire personnel working on the Wallow fire and there has been 12 injuries related to this disaster. There have been 32 homes and 4 business destroyed, with 1,511 home and 202 business are still threatened.
The Arizona Monument Fire, in Cochise County, has reached 40 percent containment and has scorched 27,190 acres. The Arizona Governor has used the state’s National Guard troops to help with the fire. This wildfire is only 5 miles from the city of Sierra Vista, which has a population of 3,700 residents. There have been 61 homes and 4 businesses destroyed. There are seven homes that have been damaged and 1,500 homes are still currently threatened from the wildfire. Mandatory evacuations have been issued at first for 9,500 residents. Some have been allowed to return home, but a second evacuation has prevented around 3,496 people from returning to their home.
The Horseshoe 2 wildfire has reached 90 percent containment and has burnt 223,214 acres. FEMA reports that full containment of this wildfire should be achieved today, June 22.
By: Mark Williams