SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — The devastating Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona and a small portion of western New Mexico is 95 percent contained after burning 538,049 acres or 840 square miles.
Nearly 600 fire personnel fought the blaze for more than a month. The human-caused fire remains under investigation after destroying 32 residences and damaging five.
Sixteen firefighters were also injured.
The Forest Service says restoration crews continue to remove woody debris from the east and west forks of the Little Colorado River. Hazardous tree removal continues on Forest Road 81 in Auger Canyon.
Machinery and saw teams are removing dead trees that could fall across the road. The trees are placed in piles for removal at a later time.