Officials worry about fire's spread

2011-06-03T14:50:00Z 2013-09-17T15:58:50Z Officials worry about fire's spreadTom Beal, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 03, 2011 2:50 pm  • 

The Wallow Fire doubled in size Thursday to 106,000 acres, as more than 2,000 residents and visitors fled the communities of Alpine, Blue and Nutrioso.

So far, the fire has burned six vacation cabins at Beaver Creek Guest Ranch, a horse-centered resort about eight miles from the fire’s origin, said Eric Neitzel, spokesman for the Apache County Sheriff’s Office.

Apache County Manager Delwin P. Wengert said he is concerned that the fire, burning along a 13-mile front, could eventually reach the mountain town of Greer and the county’s population center in the Round Valley towns of Springerville and Eagar.

It’s not headed in those directions at the moment and none of those places are under alert for evacuations, Wengert said Friday, but the potential for the fire’s growth is huge.

“The fire still has zero containment. The wind is spiking up. Today will be worse than yesterday and yesterday was a bad day. The humidity is low, the winds are about 30 mph and they just can’t seem to contain it. They’re really just trying to protect structures right now and stay out of the fire.

“Our main fear is that it will continue to burn toward Round Valley.”

See Saturday's Arizona Daily Sta for more on this story.

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