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Raging Arizona forest fire continues to blaze

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Public information officer Theresa Mendoza walks on a ridge top as the Wallow Fire burns behind her outside of Eagar, Ariz. on June 8. 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.

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Southwest Area Fire Management public information officer Jim Whittington points to a fire map during a news conference June 8.

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A water dropping helicopter swoops by the burning Wallow Fire outside of Eagar, Ariz. on June 8.

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Firefighters sleep between trucks at the incident command post for the Wallow fire on June 8 in Springerville, Arizona. Hundreds of thousands of acres have burned in eastern Arizona. Smoke loomed over the twin towns of Eager and Springerville, home to about 7,000 people north of the fire.

Read more about the fire and see more images in our slideshow.