On May 29th, 2011 the Wallow Fire began from an abandoned campfire in the Bear Wallow Wilderness. Before the fire was extinguished it burned over 1/2 million acres and more than sixty buildings. Although I have been on many large fires, this one took on a special meaning. I grew up in Springerville and spent many days hiking, hunting, and fishing in the forests damaged by this fire.
Area Command and the Incident CommandersHelicopter 38 protects the Peaks Resort on Amberian PointEngines Patrol a Burnout on the Wallow FireWallow Fire from near SprucedaleTopping the Ridge South of SprucedaleThe Wallow Fire moves closer to SprucedaleTrying to Control Spot FiresMember of a Type 6 Engine crew puts out a spot fire in a large Ponderosa Pine TreeTorching OutBoyscouts from Brentwood move propane bottles to meadow before evacuating