As the White Mountains Burn.

Real Estate Agent with Aspen Properties, Inc. BR511793000

The Wallow Fire in the White Mountains of Arizona continues to rage out of control.  I thought perhaps some of you would like a local perspective on this fire.  To put it in a word, it is a Monster! We didn't think 9 years ago when we lived through another monster fire that it could ever be worse.  We were wrong.  This fire is raging in an area of heavy timber with no natural breaks to allow fire fighters to get a handle on it.  To compound things we have been dealing with high swirling winds ever since it started on May 29th.

Several communities have been evacuated, two more just this evening.  Now there are over 10,000 people who have been forced from their homes because of this massive wildfire.  The air tankers have had to be grounded because of the winds but those are supposed to ease a bit tomorrow. 

Tonight it was announced that they are bringing in a 747 slurry plane that can lay down up to a mile of slurry in one pass.  Many have asked why they haven't brought them in before?  Well, according to the Fire Fighters using slurry on a Ponderosa Pine fire is like spitting on a house fire.  It just doesn't do any good.  Now that the fire is beginning to move out of the tall pine forests on the North side they may be able to contain it because it is getting in to Pinion and Juniper Trees and open plains.  Still, it is going to do little except perhaps protect property and structures, this monster will not be stopped by any force of man.  There is only one thing that is going to help put out this fire and that is rain, lots and lots of rain. 

It is sad to see all these gloreous forests going up in flames and all because of the carelessness of some camper who didn't put out their campfire when they left the area.  They have not said that was the official cause but those of us who live here know that to be the truth.  It happens every summer when out of town visitors come to visit our forests to escape the desert heat in the low lands and they think a cooler of ice and a gallon of water will put out a campfire.  Then off they go on their merry way without another thought for the dangerous situation they left behind.   

The forest that are burning now took 150 years or more to grow.  None of our children or grandchildren will have the privilege of enjoying what is being lost.  It is truly sad to watch and know that it isn't over yet.  We still have monsoon season to get through with it's lightening storms and spotty rains so this could perhaps be only the beginning of the fire troubles in the High Country.

All I can say is Pray really hard for Rain or a miracle because we need all of both that we can get.

Sandra Paulow, Associate Broker, GRI, SFR

Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty in Show Low, Arizona


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Sandra J. Paulow, Associate Broker, GRI, SFR, REALTOR®

Pinetop, Arizona

(928) 242-0300


If you are looking to Buy or Sell Property in the White Mountains of Arizona, give me a call.  I have been listing and selling in this area since 2002.  With over 16 years of experience I can assure you I know how to treat a client.  For Service you expect and deserve, call Sandra Paulow. 




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Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
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Sandra...indeed a fire of this size is unbelievable.

I've not seen Yellowstone Park since, but you may recall they had a massive fire there back in 1988....I think the Park has recovered, but of course it took lots, and lots of time.

Fire is not something to be taken lightly. My Mom lost her house to a fire a few years back. Be it a home or a forest, it's a sad thing to see it burn.

Hoping for the best and praying for rain for you all.

Jun 08, 2011 02:57 PM #1
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Sandra, I lived in Phoenix in the 1970's.  

We enjoyed weekend trips to the White Mountains for fishing, hiking, and camping.  It grieves me to see this destructive force.

May God in His mercy bring torrential rains to douse this fire.

Jun 08, 2011 03:03 PM #2
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Sandra~ It just cannot be said often enough that if you cannot run your hand through the ashes, the fire is NOT out!

Jun 08, 2011 03:12 PM #3
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