Regional
6:43 pm
Sat July 9, 2011

Wallow Fire 100 Percent Contained

New Mexico – The biggest wildfire in Arizona history is now fully contained.

Crews say the devastating Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona and a small portion of western New Mexico was declared 100 percent contained at 6 p.m. Friday.

The human-caused fire that began May 29 charred 538,049 acres or 841 square miles, mostly in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

About 15,000 acres of that total burned in New Mexico.

The blaze destroyed 32 residences and damaged five others. Nearly 600 fire personnel fought the blaze, which authorities say has cost an estimated $109 million.

Forest Service crews will continue to monitor the fire area with the Apache-Sitgreaves re-opened for public use again.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.