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Yavapai County sends help to fight Wallow fire

Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press<br>Firefighters make a stand along highway 260 as the Wallow Fire approaches outside of Eagar Wednesday. A raging forest fire in eastern Arizona has scorched an area the size of Phoenix, threatening thousands of residents and emptying towns as the flames raced toward New Mexico.

Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press<br>Firefighters make a stand along highway 260 as the Wallow Fire approaches outside of Eagar Wednesday. A raging forest fire in eastern Arizona has scorched an area the size of Phoenix, threatening thousands of residents and emptying towns as the flames raced toward New Mexico.

PRESCOTT - As the battle to fight the Wallow fire in eastern Arizona drags on with no end in sight, several Yavapai County-based agencies are helping in the effort to the contain the second-largest wildfire in state history.

The Central Yavapai Fire District on Wednesday sent three "single resources," individuals who will work in the command post and operations center, CYFD spokesman Charlie Cook said. They join four firefighters who are there with their structure-protection fire engine and two others operating a water-tender.

The Apache County Sheriff's Office has asked for law enforcement assistance as well, and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office will send 15 people to Springerville on Friday.

"They said, 'We're just going to run out of resources; can you help in any way?'" Sheriff Scott Mascher said. "If we can help, we're going to help, because it could turn on us one day."

YCSO is supplying two patrol supervisors, eight deputies, and five volunteers from its "Volunteers in Protection" program, said YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

The deputies will focus on protecting properties left after residents evacuated from looters, maintain roadblocks, and work traffic control.

This team will work over the weekend, then return and be replaced by a new team next weekend, for the next four consecutive weekends.

The Prescott Fire Department recently sent an engine with a four-person crew and three command personnel to the fire. PFD's Eric Kriwer said the city's wildland crew, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, have returned from the Horseshoe 2 fire in the southeast corner of the state and are on a rest cycle.

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