Firefighter Rigoberto Torres walks along the road while watching flames during the Wallow fire in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Springerville, Ariz., on June 7. Officials say the blaze has already burned 486 square miles since it started a week earlier. Jae C. Hong/AP
The Wallow fire approaches the outskirts of Eagar, Ariz., on June 7. About half of the town's residents were forced to leave as flames from the fire reached the ridges surrounding the area. The fire was sparked on May 29 by what authorities believe was an unattended campfire. Ashley Stevens/AP
Smoke stretches for miles from the Wallow fire near Greer, Ariz., on June 7. Officials say winds have been driving the flames five to eight miles a day. Ross D. Franklin/AP
A horse stands in the middle of a field as the Wallow fire approaches in Springerville, Ariz., on June 7. The fire officially became the second-largest in Arizona history on June 7. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Ronald Gray (l.) and Catherine Cowan stand along Highway 60 with their belongings as they evacuate from the approaching Wallow fire outside Springerville, Ariz., on June 7. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Rita Booth (c.) and her husband, Steve, water down the exterior of their home as the Wallow fire approaches in Eagar, Ariz., on June 7. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Scott Shellenberger packs his belongings during a mandatory evacuation in Eagar, Ariz., on June 7. Jae C. Hong/AP
Authorities block the road heading to the southern half of Eagar, Ariz., after the Wallow fire forced evacuations in part of the community on June 7. Susan Montoya Bryan/AP
Art Garcia sprays water on the roof of his Eager, Ariz., home as ash from the Wallow fire falls onto town on June 7. Pat Shannahan/The Arizona Republic/AP
A sign outside of a home thanks firefighters for their efforts as the Wallow fire approaches in Eagar, Ariz., on June 7. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Many worry a new EU mission – which replaces a larger Italian effort patrolling for refugees traveling from North Africa to Europe – means more migrants will die. This year, more than 3,000 people have perished – five times as many as in 2013.
They are packed into the stinking holds of ramshackle boats. Water and food are scarce, and they are beaten by ruthless smugglers if they dare to try to reach the deck for a lungful of air. The more truculent have at times simply been thrown overboard.