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 evacuatingBrentwood Boyscouts take down the colorsNighttime on the Wallow Fire along the 26 RoadThese signs reminded me of what may have been lost as the Wallow Fire pushed north.Beaver Creek Ranch EntranceSpot Fires grow together at night on the Wallow FireElk Calf and CowFire backs slowly through the fuels treatment south of Alpine.A Native American Handcrew returns to their bus after a long night on the Wallow FireAlpine, Arizona's resident elk herd seems unconcerned about the smoke.A Type 3 Helicopter provides information to crews on the ground