Photo: Kingman's Coming

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Crews from Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District and the Kingman Fire Department were dispatched Tuesday to eastern Arizona to help fight the Wallow Fire, which has scorched more than 350,000 acres since it started on May 29. The engines are needed for immediate structural protection at the identified communities that are in the path of the fire and could be deployed for as long as two weeks. Sheriff Tom Sheahan on Wednesday said he has deployed six deputies along with six search and rescue members who will be assisting with law enforcement activities, traffic control and any ongoing demands in the area of Alpine and Springerville. Local units join those from across the state who are battling low humidity, hot temperatures, and strong, gusty winds to extinguish the fire, which so far remains uncontained along the Arizona/New Mexico border. Several cabins have been destroyed and 3,000 residents evacuated as firefighters work to keep the blaze from destroying surrounding towns.