Sen. Sylvia Allen, a Snowflake Republican, has asked for Senate President Russell Pearce’s permission for her to convene the Border Security, Federalism & State’s Sovereignty Committee to investigate the Wallow Fire.
The fire has raged unchecked for 10 days and charred more than 311,000 acres in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The number of burned acres is quickly nearing the nearly 500,000 that was scorched in the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire, and U.S. Forest Service Officials say there is no containment on the blaze.
Allen said she asked Pearce on Friday to allow her committee to meet. Though an agenda is still being created, Allen said she wants to get answers about how the forest has been managed for the last two decades – and whether that management is responsible for the size and scope of the Wallow Fire.
Allen said she wants to the committee to meet in Show Low.
“I want to hold it up there where it’s happening,” she said.