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June 10, 2011
Wallow Fire still burning completely out of control

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) -- On Thursday, the huge blaze known as the Wallow Fire was still burning completely out of control and had charred more than 386,000 acres with just 5 percent containment. After reportedly being sparked by a campfire, it has become the second-largest wildfire in state history and is still growing. Fire crews touring the area and assessing the damage said 22 homes in Greer were destroyed and five other homes were damaged. They also say 24 outbuildings in Greer were destroyed along with one vehicle. Authorities say there's no containment in sight and power lines that supply much of West Texas and southern New Mexico are also in jeopardy. (29 images)

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Smoke blankets the area known as the Round Valley as the Wallow Fire burns in the hills southwest of Eagar, Ariz., on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Susan Montoya Bryan


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Robert Lock, center, and Fred Campbell, both of Alpine, Ariz., load horses into a trailer as they prepare to return to Alpine during the Wallow fire in Luna, N.M., Friday, June 10, 2011. AP / Jae C. Hong



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An emergency vehicle is seen as smoke from the Wallow Fire covers highway 60 in Springerville, Ariz., Thursday, June 9, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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Firefighters walk up a hillside as they fight the Wallow Fire in Eagar, Ariz., Thursday, June 9, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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Smoke from the Wallow Fire rises over a neighborhood in Eagar, Ariz., Thursday, June 9, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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Smoke from the Wallow Fire rises over a neighborhood in Eagar, Ariz., Thursday, June 9, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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Smoke from the Wallow Fire fills the sky over tents where firefighters are sleeping at an incident command center in Eagar, Ariz., Thursday, June 9, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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The Navajo Hotshots, out of Fort Defiance, Ariz., prepare to leave for the firelines to fight the Wallow Fire at an incident command center in Eagar, Ariz., Thursday, June 9, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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Firefighters line up for a meal as smoke from the Wallow Fire fills the sky at an incident command center in Eagar, Ariz., Thursday, June 9, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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Firefighters set a backfire to fight the Wallow Fire along highway 260 near Eagar, Ariz., Thursday, June 9, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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From left, Amelia Hernandez of Eagar, Ariz. talks to Becky Coffman, of Springerville who holds her daughter, Ember Coffman, 10- months, at the evacuation center at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside, Ariz. on Thursday, June 9, 2011. Arizona Republic / David Wallace



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Christyanna Coffman, 10, of Springerville, Ariz. sits on a cot at the evacuation center at at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside, Ariz. on Thursday, June 9, 2011. Arizona Republic / David Wallace



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Christine Thomas, of Springerville, Ariz. rests on a cot at the evacuation center at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside, Ariz. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Arizona Republic / David Wallace



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Kay Dyson covers her face to protect from smoke from the Wallow Fire in Springerville, Ariz., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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Residents evacuate their homes as the Wallow Fire approaches in Eagar, Ariz., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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Cousins, Thai Oloughlin and Cheyann Alba of Eagar, Ariz. prepare to leave their home in the mandatory evacuation from the Wallow Fire on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Arizona Republic / David Wallace



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Apache County Sheriff's Deputy Ruben Rodriguez makes Roger Soderberg sign a waiver because he has decided to stay despite the mandatory evacuation from the Wallow Fire in Eagar, Ariz, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Arizona Republic / David Wallace



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Lucas Malone, who decided not to evacuate, sits on a rooftop while watching smoke from the Wallow fire in Eagar, Ariz., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Jae C. Hong



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A sign asks for residents to evacuate as the Wallow Fire approaches in Springerville, Ariz., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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A truck drives west on highway 260 away from the Wallow fire as it burns to about one mile from the western edge of Eagar, Ariz. Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Arizona Republic / Rob Schumacher



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Fire crew members sharpen their tools as they prepare for a back burn operation in Eagar, Ariz., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Jae C. Hong



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Fire crew members from Redding, Calif., prepare for a back burn operation during the Wallow fire in Eagar, Ariz., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Jae C. Hong



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Fire crew members from Redding, Calif., prepare for a back burn operation during the Wallow fire in Eagar, Ariz., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Jae C. Hong



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The Wallow fire burns towards Eagar, Ariz, north of Greer, Ariz,, Wednesday night June 8, 2011. Arizona Republic / Rob Schumacher



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Miles of smoke billow skyward from the Wallow Fire Tuesday, June 7, 2011, near Greer, Ariz. AP / Ross D. Franklin



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Cars line up along highway 60 as smoke from the Wallow fire billows overhead outside of Springerville, Ariz., Tuesday, June 7, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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Firefighter Rigoberto Torres, of Orange Cove, Calif., walks along the road while watching a flame during the Wallow fire in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Springerville, Ariz., Tuesday, June 7, 2011. AP / Jae C. Hong



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Scott Shellenberger, 32, packs his belongings during a mandatory evacuation in Eagar, Ariz., Tuesday, June 7, 2011. AP / Jae C. Hong



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A firefighters keeps a lookout on the roof of a house as the Wallow fire approaches in Eagar, Ariz., Tuesday, June 7, 2011. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez



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