Survey to measure Wallow Fire’s health effects

Jul 3, 2012, 7:28 AM | Updated: 7:55 am

ST. JOHNS, Ariz. — About 1,400 people living in Apache County will be
asked this month to answer a survey that’s aimed at measuring the physical and
psychological effects of the Wallow Fire last year in eastern Arizona.

The survey is part of a study that the Apache County Department of Public
Health and UCLA School of Medicine are conducting.

The Wallow Fire was the largest wildfire in Arizona history as measured in
acreage.

The blaze burned more than 538,000 acres in Arizona and parts of western New
Mexico before it was fully contained.

The survey will be mailed to randomly selected homes.

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In this Tuesday, June 7, 2011 photo, flames from the Wallow Fire burn near homes in Eagar, Ariz. 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 raced toward New Mexico. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow) A sign asks for residents to evacuate as the Wallow Fire approaches in Springerville, Ariz., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. 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 raced toward New Mexico.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Two minutes after spot fires were visble between Nutrioso and Alpine, firefighters observed extreme fire behavior. Photo taken by Jayson Coil (www.jaysoncoil.com) with the Southwest Area Incident Command Team. (Photo by Jayson Coil/US Forest Service) Burnout operations near the Alpine Divide. (Photo by Jayson Coil/US Forest Service) (Photo by US Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest) An emergency vehicle is seen as smoke from the Wallow Fire covers highway 60 in Springerville, Ariz., Thursday, June 9, 2011. Several mountain communities have emptied in advance of the fire, and a utility that supplies power to customers in southern New Mexico and west Texas issued warnings of possible power interruptions. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) A forest burns during a backburn operation to fight the Wallow Fire in Nutrioso, Ariz., Friday, June 10, 2011. A massive wildfire in eastern Arizona that has claimed more than 30 homes and forced nearly than 10,000 people to evacuate is likely to spread into New Mexico soon, threatening more towns and possibly endangering two major power lines that bring electricity from Arizona to West Texas.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) The Wallow Fire burns near the Meadow Lodge as firefighters protect the historic structures. (Photo by US Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest) A BLM Fire Engine and a Mormon Lake Hotshot during a burn operation on the 275 Rd near Alpine. (Photo by Kari Greer/US Forest Service) T-911, a DC 10 Airtanker drops retardant above Greer; the Del Rosa Hotshots wait in a safety zone and watch the drop. (Photo by Kari Greer/US Forest Service) A Mormon Lake Hotshot during a night burn operation along the 275 Rd near Alpine. (Photo by Kari Greer/US Forest Service) Night fire during a burn operation off the 275 Rd near Alpine. (Photo by Kari Greer/US Forest Service) A Mormon Lake Hotshot firing a Veri-Pistol round into the fire area during burnout operation. (Photo by Kari Greer/US Forest Service) A photographer looks at smoke from a burnout fire as firefighters battle the Wallow Fire in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Ariz., Sunday, June 12, 2011. Roughly 7,000 residents of two eastern Arizona towns evacuated last week as a wildfire loomed nearby were allowed to return home Sunday as officials expressed confidence that they were making progress in their battle against the huge blaze that has been burning since May. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Photo by Jim Cross/KTAR) (Photo by Jim Cross/KTAR) (Photo by Jim Cross/KTAR) (Photo by Jim Cross/KTAR) (Photo by Gary Smith/KTAR) Wallow Fire progression map as of June 17, 2011. (Photo by US Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest)

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Survey to measure Wallow Fire’s health effects