Monday, June 6, 2011

Arizona Wildfire Continues to Spread, AZ Fire Cam Stream

The large Arizona wildfire is continuing to grow today, with local firefighters contending with strong, dry winds, meaning they remain unable to properly contain the blaze.

The Wallow fire is already the third-largest in the state's history, having consumed 301 square miles. This live video footage shows the fire and attempts to fight it:

Over 2,000 firefighters from across the country have joined the fight, with residents evacuating towns in the fire's path. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has described the fire as "horrific".

The fire, which started on 29 May, is threatening mountain communities in the east of the state. Smoke from the burning pine forests can be seen in the neighbouring states of New Mexico and Colorado.

Most residents of the resort town of Greer, in the White Mountains, left on Saturday, packing their belongings in to vehicles as the Wallow Fire moved closer. A blaze in 2002 burnt through 732 sq miles in the centre of the state and another in 2005 that scorched 387 sq miles near Phoenix.