Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Aerial images show magnitude of massive Wallow Fire

From up high, billowing smoke obscures patchy swaths of green and brown.

Burning nearly 400,000 acres, the Wallow Fire is now the second-largest fire in Arizona history behind the Rodeo-Chediski Fire of 2002. And, some fear the flames could spread.

iReporters flying over the blaze have been taking note of the massive smoke plume rising from the ground. From the window seat, they've been snapping photos that show just how big this fire really is.

Marie Sager of Los Angeles, California, is no stranger to brush fires and wildfires. But when she passed over the Wallow Fire during a trip from California to Rhode Island, she wasn't immediately sure what she was seeing in the distance and discussed it with the person sitting next to her. She decided to take a picture.

"I couldn't believe how much ground it was covering," she said.

Another iReporter, who wishes to be known as wireddad, was flying from California to Kansas when he noticed the smoke plume as well. It was huge, and didn't look like a fire at first glance.

"At first we thought it was a thunderstorm but it wouldn't make sense for that kind of weather to be there at that time."

He said the smoke looked like it might be reaching up to an altitude approaching that of his plane, which was around 40,000 feet up. He also snapped photos.

These images are giving us a new perspective on this raging blaze. Are you also seeing evidence of the Wallow Fire? We'd like to hear from you as well. Share your photos and video with CNN iReport, and as always, please keep safety in mind and don't cross over established boundaries.

June 9, 2011
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You can also see the plumes of smoke on the radar maps of weather websites.

June 9, 2011
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I live in Southern California and am hope for the best on the AZ fire.   We get the occasional huge fire here and have yet to lose a home but several of my friends have.   I am SURE Gov Brewer will do everything she can to help the displaced residents

June 9, 2011
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I almost bought acreage in Alpine AZ.  I hate that this fire is destroying some of the prettiest country in the United States.  My heart goes out to all of those who have vacated their hoemsites and pray they can return to at least some sort of resemblence of a home.

June 10, 2011
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Some how the natural disasters are looming heavily on USA soil. The nature fury has taken heavy toll in Japan, and some other countries as well.

June 10, 2011
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wow.. thanks to all the firefighters risking their lives up there.. we are in your debt..

June 11, 2011
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Am I the only one who sees the similarity between the thermal column in Arizona and the pillar of fire in the Old Testament of the Bible?  I am not suggesting that this is a message from God, but this is the first time in my life I have ever seen anything like this. I am not a nut....just concerned....and amazed.

June 13, 2011
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bigworld - you got only one thing incorrect, you are a nut. One is a photo, the other a story.

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