Wildfires continue to rage in Arizona as the firefighting army grows to 1,000 to combat one of the largest wildfires in the state's history threatened mountain retreats and spread ash and smoke as far away as Albuquerque, New Mexico, more than 200 miles away. Across the state, blazes have burned more than 250,000 acres.
More than 1,000 personnel were battling a large wildfire near Alpine in the east-central part of the state. The fire, of undetermined origin, had burned 140,000 acres by Saturday and prompted the evacuation of nearly 2,500 people. It was completely uncontained Saturday afternoon. "The fire is burning pretty fast and it's pretty large," said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who visited the area Saturday.WATCH: Arizona Governor comments on the wildfires.
"It's a big fire and we hope that we get more encouraging news in the morning." She said officials have so far spent some $3 million on efforts to put out the blaze and that she would consider asking the state or federal governments for help if the situation gets worse. The fire, which began last weekend, has destroyed several log outbuildings and remained a large threat to vacation homes and other properties in Alpine and Nutrioso, said Sgt. Richard Guinn of the Apache County Sheriff's Office. Residents in those communities and a subdivision were evacuated. - CNN.
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