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Tonto Apache workers and Safeway employees loaded up a truck with three pallets of supplies, including water, power drinks and toiletries and headed out to Blue Ridge High School in Pinetop/Lakeside where an evacuation center is set up for the Wallow Fire. Loading the truck are (from left to right) Virgil Cly, Kevin Wheeler, Wally Davis Jr. and Brian Echols.

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Tonto Apache Tribe and Safeway team up to send food, water; local fire departments send people

With the massive Wallow Fire burning out of control in the White Mountains and more people evacuated from their homes, local residents mobilized to provide help this week. On Wednesday, to go along with donations from Safeway, members of the Tonto Apache Tribe purchased much needed food, drinks and personal hygiene products needed in the Wallow fire area. The group loaded up their trucks with the supplies and headed out to the Blue Ridge High School in Pinetop/Lakeside, where an evacuation center is set up.

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