In the summer of 2011 the Wallow Wildfire became the largest fire recorded in Arizona, burning 538,000 acres in Arizona (and some in New Mexico) and causing the evacuation of close to 6,000 people in Alpine, Blue River, Greer, Nutrioso, Sunrise, Springerville, and Eagar in Arizona. There were 16 injuries as a result of the fire. Thirty-two homes and four businesses were destroyed.
The Wallow fire started on May 29, 2011 and was declared 100% contained on July 8, 2011.
The fire was human-caused -- a campfire left unattended -- and the responsible people were prosecuted. An agreement was reached, and the two men served a short amount of time in jail, were given community service, and were order to pay restitution in the amount $3.7 million.