Crew from San Carlos Apache Tribe helps fight major wildfire
Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011
A crew from the San Carlos Apache Tribe
of Arizona is helping fight the Wallow Fire
, which has now become the worst wildfire in state history.
Chris Ashkie, a tribal firefighter, first spotted the blaze on May 29 during his regular afternoon check.
The fire quickly spread and has consumed over 440,acres -- mainly in eastern Arizona, but also in western New Mexico.
The tribe's Geronimo Hot shots are among the 4,300-plus personnel that are fighting the blaze.
It has crossed into the reservation and is threatening valuable timber, hunting, fishing and gathering grounds.
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