Arizona Wildfire Threatens Regional Power Grid

Friday, June 10, 2011

An evacuation asks residents to leave June 9, 2011 in Eagar, Arizona. Hundreds of thousands of acres continue to burn in eastern Arizona prompting evacuations by residents of Springerville and Eagar. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images/Getty)

The Wallow Fire in Arizona has forced thousands of residents to flee their homes. Firefighters have thus far been unable to control the blaze, which has been raging across the state for nearly two weeks, and now has spread over 600 square miles and is nearing the New Mexico border. The fire is now threatening the region's electrical grid, which could affect the power supply as far as Texas.

Nick Blumberg, a reporter for KJZZ in Arizona, gives us the latest report on the fires. Peter Frenzen, a fire information officer, also lends his insights from Arizona.

Guests:

Nick Blumberg and Peter Frenzen

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