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Amazon: Second Largest Wildfire

A raging forest fire in eastern Arizona town of Eagar on Tuesday afternoon has already burned down more than 30 homes and forced nearly 10,000 people to leave their homes for evacuation. This fire is said to be the second largest wildfire in Amazon.

According to news, on June 10, there was a fierce burning forest in Nutrioso, Arizona. The fire in Arizona is forecasted to continue to spread to New Mexico, causing danger to the power lines. If the lines are damaged, parts of New Mexico and Texas could face rolling blackouts. Officials said the blaze had burnt 1655 square miles of forest – an area is larger than the capital Phoenix of the state. The total number of firefighters battling the fire was raised to over 3,000 on Thursday from 2,000 the day before. The fire is the second largest wildfire in Amazon history and could eclipse the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire in size. The Chediski began as a signal fire and merged with the Rodeo, which was intentionally set by a firefighter who needed work. Together they burnt 732 square miles and destroyed 491 buildings.

On June 10, a huge wildfire in Nutrioso, Arizona

Two firefighters along a main road near Nutrioso Arizona on June 10

The fire is the second largest wildfire in the state’s history and could eclipse the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire in size, although only a fraction of the homes have burned. The Chediski began as a signal fire and merged with the Rodeo, which was intentionally set by a firefighter who needed work. Together they burned 732 square miles and destroyed 491 buildings.

The fire is said to be the second-largest in state history

The scene of children sleeping at an evacuation centre in Blue Ridge High School, Lakeside after they were forced to leave Springerville on June 9

The current Wallow Fire in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has destroyed 31 homes or cabins including 22 in the picturesque mountain community of Greer, Whittington said. Two dozen outbuildings and a truck were also lost and five homes were damaged in Greer when the  forest fire occured on Wednesday night.

 

Photos taken from satellite show Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona as seen from above

Smoke from the Wallow Fire billows into the sky on Monday afternoon (6 June 2011) in Eager, Ariz. The seemingly unstoppable blaze is the second-largest in Arizona’s history

Smoke from the Wallow Fire billows over the White Mountains as the sun goes down

 

 A burning mountain in fires near Paradise and Portal, Arizona

 

Amazon: Second largest wildfire forced 2 towns empty

 

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