The story going around is that it was caused by a man that left a burning campfire to go for a hike even though there were 50 mph gusts of wind in the area.
The Wallow Fire
It's actually now up to 200,000 acres.
InciWeb the Incident Information System: Wallow
Now I don't know how many of you have fished in AZ, but this area is by far the most visited by fishermen. Yes there is Lee's Ferry to the north west, and some lakes around Prescott, Flagstaff, and the Mogollon Rim, but the White Mountain area is home to many fantastic lakes, all of which have been fishing better this year than they have in a decade.
Problem is that almost all of those lakes have now been closed.
As of today, the entire Apache side of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest will be closed to public entry due to the Wallow Fire. The official Forest closure will be issued around noon today. The communities of Alpine and Nutrioso were evacuated last night. This closure will prohibit access to the following sportfish waters:
Greer Lakes (River, Tunnel, Bunch reservoirs)
Lee Valley Lake
East Fork Black River
West Fork Black River
LCR around Greer
and all the numerous non-stocked streams on the Apache side of the Forest.
That list does not include all the lakes on the WMAT land like the lake I have schedule for my only real trip in the near future.
Hurricane lake is a tribe run, pay to play lake. You rent the lake for $300/day and it's all yours. It's know for very big Apache trout and browns. 30 of us rented it for 3 days 2 weeks from now but that whole area has been closed off due to the fire.
This fire has pretty much killed 2/3rds of the best fishing in the state.