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More eastern Arizona residents ordered out

Public information officer Theresa Mendoza walks on a ridge top as the Wallow Fire burns behind her outside of Eagar, Ariz., Wednesday, June 8, 2011.   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 race toward New Mexico.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Public information officer Theresa Mendoza walks on a ridge top as the Wallow Fire burns behind her outside of Eagar, Ariz., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. 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 race toward New Mexico. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

More evacuations have been ordered as the raging Wallow wildfire comes closer to the eastern Arizona towns of Eagar and Springerville.

The Apache County Sheriff’s Office ordered parts of the towns west of Main Street, north of Highway 261 and south of Highway 60 emptied Wednesday afternoon.

The area does not have a lot of homes, but the airport and a grocery store are located there.

About half of Eagar was ordered evacuated on Tuesday, but this is the first order that affects nearby Springerville. Most of that town’s residents are not affected.

The 607-square-mile blaze has already made about 2,700 people flee mountain towns in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

There’s still no containment as the wildfire burns through the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.

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