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Huge Wallow fire in eastern Arizona now 89 percent contained

A fire truck travels into Eager, Ariz. Wednesday, June 15, 2011 as seen from Springerville, Ariz. as the Wallow fire continues to burn on the outskirts of the Eastern Arizona community. The huge blaze was also made worse by the extremely thick forest, the result of a century of fire suppression that allowed additional tree growth in the world's largest ponderosa pine forest.  The Arizona fire has burned more than 747 square miles since Memorial Day weekend and destroyed 32 homes and four rental cabins. It is 20 percent contained. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A fire truck travels into Eager, Ariz. Wednesday, June 15, 2011 as seen from Springerville, Ariz. as the Wallow fire continues to burn on the outskirts of the Eastern Arizona community. The huge blaze was also made worse by the extremely thick forest, the result of a century of fire suppression that allowed additional tree growth in the world's largest ponderosa pine forest. The Arizona fire has burned more than 747 square miles since Memorial Day weekend and destroyed 32 homes and four rental cabins. It is 20 percent contained. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The largest wildfire in Arizona history is now 89 percent contained.

The Wallow fire in eastern Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has burned nearly 841 square miles, including about 25 square miles in New Mexico.

There are still nearly 2,000 firefighters on the lines, but most are finishing up their work and will be released in the coming days. The fire is still uncontained along a small part of the southeastern flank.

Fire command spokesman Don Ferguson says crews are making sure the lines are very secure and beginning to recover equipment and demobilize.

The fire began on May 29 and destroyed 32 homes and four rental cabins. Nearly 10,000 people were evacuated at one point.

Authorities believe an unattended campfire sparked the fire and are investigating two ‘persons of interest.”

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