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Wildfire in Arizona

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A wildfire believed to have been sparked by inattentive campers continues to burn, largely out of control, for its 12th day in eastern Arizona. The Wallow Fire now ranks as the state's second largest wildfire on record -- it has already left 600 square miles of pine forest blackened near the New Mexico border and driven thousands of residents from their homes. Although more than 2,000 firefighters are working to control the blaze, it still is classified as "zero percent contained" and currently threatens large power lines that supply electricity to three states. These images show some of the scenes taking place around eastern Arizona as residents and firefighters cope with the disaster. [36 photos]

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Robert Joseph, 64, rides his ATV as smoke plumes from the Wallow fire fill the sky in Luna, New Mexico, on Monday, June 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Robert Joseph, 64, rides his ATV as smoke plumes from the Wallow fire fill the sky in Luna, New Mexico, on Monday, June 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Flames engulf trees, seen looking south from Forest Route 24 as the Wallow Fire burns in the Bear Wallow Wilderness southwest of Alpine, Arizona, on Wednesday June 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Greg Bryan) #
Miles of smoke billow skyward from the Wallow Fire on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, near Greer, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) #
A horse stands in the middle of a field as the Wallow fire approaches in Springerville, Arizona, Tuesday, June 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
Tim Rogers from the U.S. Forest Service attacks a spot fire in the Chapache subdivision at the Wallow Fire Thursday, June 2, 2011 in Alpine, Arizona. High winds and temperatures complicated firefighters' efforts to get the blaze under control. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz) #
A sky crane makes a water drop on a spot fire south west of Eager, Arizona, on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Eager was evacuated Tuesday because of the Wallow Fire's blaze, driven by wind gusts of more than 60 mph since it was sparked on May 29. (AP Photo/ The Arizona Republic, Pat Shannahan) #
Abel Sandoval, center, drives sheep through the pens at the Sheep Springs Sheep Co. summer shearing camp northwest of Greer, Arizona, ob June 5, 201. Mark Pedersen, of Sheep Springs Sheep Co., said they drove about 2,000 sheep from Chandler up to their summer pastures near Greer. Pedersen said they were prepared to move both the cattle and the sheep if they had to. He said the biggest problem with the smoke was that it bothered the sheeps' lungs much the same way it bother people's lungs. (AP Photo/Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz) #
A view of the Wallow Wildfire in the distance along U.S. Route 180 as smoke fills the sky above Luna, New Mexico, on June 6, 2011. (Reuters/Joshua Lott) #
A sign asks for residents to evacuate as the Wallow Fire approaches in Springerville, Arizona, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
Alex Verdugo, of Eager, comforts her dog sitting in the back of her father's truck filled with hunting trophies. Her family was evacuating to Show Low from the Wallow Fire. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Pat Shannahan) #
Brett Wilkins sprays down the roof of his home as smoke from the Wallow fire fills the sky on June 8, 2011 in Springerville, Arizona. Smoke loomed over the twin towns of Eager and Springerville, home to about 7,000 people north of the fire. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images) #
Dogs ride in the back of a truck as smoke approaches from the Wallow fire, on June 8, 2011 in Springerville, Arizona. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images) #
Emily Shupe comforts her 18-month-old son Jax as the family prepares to evacuate to Phoenix as the Wallow fire approaches Springerville, Arizona, on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
A helicopter flies through smoke from the Wallow Fire near Eagar, Arizona, on June 7, 2011. (AP Photo/ The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow) #
A deep red sunset, viewed through smoke from the Wallow fire on June 8, 2011 in Springerville, Arizona. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images) #
The Wallow fire burns towards Eagar, Arizona, on Wednesday night, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic) #
Fire lights up a hillside south of State Route 260 and building lights shine in the foreground on June 7, 2011. (AP Photo/ The Arizona Republic, Pat Shannahan) #
Smoke rises from the Wallow Fire, seen from above on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, near Greer, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) #
Fire crew trucks along Forest Route 24 are dwarfed by large plumes of smoke from the Wallow Fire burning in the Bear Wallow Wilderness southwest of Alpine, Arizona, on Wednesday June 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Greg Bryan) #
Smoke from the Wallow fire, seen on June 8, 2011 in Springerville, Arizona. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images) #
Deer run in a field while dark smoke from the Wallow Fire rises in the background, near Eagar, Arizona, on June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/ The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow) #
A helicopter prepares to drop water over the White Mountains as smoke billows from the Wallow Wildfire in Apache County, Arizona June 8, 2011. (Reuters/Marcio J. Sanchez/Pool) #
Public information officer Theresa Mendoza walks on a ridge top as the Wallow Fire burns behind her outside of Eagar, Arizona, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
Fire crew members sharpen their tools as they prepare for a back burn operation in Eagar, Arizona, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #
A firefighter sleeps at the incident command post for the Wallow fire, on June 8, 2011 in Springerville, Arizona. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images) #
Firefighter Frankie Martinez, his face covered in soot after working the Wallow Wildfire in Springerville, Arizona, on June 7, 2011. (Reuters/Joshua Lott) #
Smoke from the Wallow Wildfire billows over the White Mountains as the sun sets in Springerville, Arizona, on June 8, 2011. (Reuters/Joshua Lott) #
Jim Pinter packs his car as he evacuates his home at the Wallow Fire, on Thursday, June 2, 2011 in Alpine, Arizona. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz) #
Cars line up along highway 60 as smoke from the Wallow fire billows overhead outside of Springerville, Arizona, on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
Lucas Malone, who decided not to evacuate, sits on a rooftop while watching smoke from the Wallow fire in Eagar, Arizona, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #
Smoke from the Wallow Wildfire rises over Round Valley High School Stadium in Springerville, Arizona, on June 7, 2011. (Reuters/Joshua Lott) #
A tree burns during the Wallow fire in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Springerville, Arizona, on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #
Elizabeth Mylott, of Gilbert, Arizona, cheers firefighters entering Greer, Arizona, after the Wallow Fire forced the evacuation of the small mountain community on Monday, June 6, 2011. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow) #
Smoke billows over the White Mountains from the Wallow Wildfire in Apache County, Arizona, on June 8, 2011. (Reuters/Marcio J. Sanchez/Pool) #
Wayne Lutz rakes dead grass as he tries to protect his house from the Wallow Wildfire in Eagar, Arizona, on June 7, 2011. (Reuters/Joshua Lott) #
The sun sets in Springerville, Arizona, viewed through smoke from the nearby Wallow fire, on June 8, 2011. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images) #

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