LUNA, N.M. – There's been some growth on the Wallow wildfire burning in eastern Arizona and a tiny slice of western New Mexico. The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday the fire is up to 532,086 acres or 831 square miles and is still 61 percent contained.
Water dropping helicopters and planes loaded with chemicals intended to snuff out the fire were used Wednesday along the southern flank of the fire in preparation for a containment line for a planned burn out.
No fire movement was observed in the southwest area of the fire beyond the established containment lines. Fire resources patrolled, mopped-up and repaired containment lines along the fire perimeter Wednesday. A hotshot crew was situated along Highway 191 in case the fire jumped the highway.