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Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Arizona wildfire rages (photos and video)


The Wallow fire darkens a ridge outside Eagar, Ariz., Wednesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP)
A massive wildfire tearing through eastern Arizona continued to spread Thursday, with residents in two more towns told to evacuate.

The Wallow fire, named after the location where it was first reported, has now burned more than 348,000 acres of land, according to the Incident Information System provided by the U.S. Forest Service. No deaths and only three minor injuries have been reported. NASA has provided a satellite image of the blaze, which is the second largest in Arizona’s recorded history.

In a bit of good news, the National Weather Service reported calmer winds for the area Thursday.

Updates about the fire and photos from the scene are being shared through Facebook groups and the Twitter hashtags #azfire and #wallow fire. Twitter user Brandon Townsend shared a view of the fire from Highway 180 in New Mexico.

Watch video and see photos of the fire below:

The juxtaposition of chirping crickets and a huge wall of smoke is pretty compelling.

A view from above the fire:


Smoke covers Highway 60 in Springerville, Ariz., on Thursday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP)


Fire crew members prepare for a back burn operation in Eagar, Ariz., on Wednesday. (Jae C. Hong - AP)


Transmission lines from the Springerville Generating Station stretch south toward the plume of smoke near Springerville on Wednesday. (Susan Montoya Bryan - AP)


Firefighters make a stand along highway 260 as the Wallow Fire approaches outside of Eagar on Wednesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP)


The Wallow fire burns north of Greer, Ariz., on Wednesday night. (Rob Schumacher - AP)


The fire approaches in Springerville on Tuesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP)


Rita Booth, center, and her husband, Steve, water down their home to prepare for the approaching blaze in Eagar on Tuesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP)

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The Shupe family, from left: 3-year-old Ty, dad Dustin, mom Emily and 18-month-old Jax evacuate from their home in Springerville on Tuesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP)

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Emily Shupe and son Jax. (Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP)

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