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Archive for June 18th, 2011

Monument Fire Explodes

Posted by feww on June 18, 2011

Monument Fire grows by 100% in 10 hrs;  Gov Brewer declares emergency

Current size: 19,335 acres [17, 2011 at 1:45 pm MST]
Containment: 15% (dropped from 17%)

About 2,000 families have so far been evacuated as the fire forces closure of Highway 92, reports said.

(Posted June 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm MST) All residents in the area of the Monument Fire are encouraged to make advanced arrangements for livestock and large animals to be moved, which will allow an evacuation process to run more smoothly if necessary.

  • Date of Origin: Sunday June 12th, 2011 approx. 01:16 PM
  • Location: Palominas Fire District
  • Size: 19,335 acres
  • Percent Contained: 15%
  • Fuels Involved: Short grass, drought stressed mixed conifer, chaparral, and brush.
  • Fire Behavior: Extreme fire behavior with sustained runs,medium spotting, and flame lengths in excess of 20 to 30 feet.
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
  • Temperature: 92 degrees
  • Humidity: 12%
  • State of Emergency exists in Cochise County

Other Details

Pre-Evacuation Areas: East of Highway 92: Ramsey Road north to Camino Principal and east to Campobello

Fire Location: Now coming down Miller Canyon closing in on Highway 92/ potentially crossing at that location


  • Ash Canyon, Hunter Canyon, Stump Canyon (both upper and lower), Turkey Track, will remain closed until further notice.
  • Highway 92 closed at Ramsey Road on the north and Palominas Road on the south. All traffic coming from Bisbee to Sierra Vista DO NOT USE Highway 92. All traffic going to Bisbee from Sierra Vista DO NOT USE Highway 92.
  • Ramsey Road is closed at Moson Road
  • Ramsey Road is closed at Hargis Ranch Road


As of 2:30  PM (MST) on June 17  evacuations are underway at the following:

  • West side of Highway 92 on Yaqui west to Calle Matate / north to Choctaw Drive / east to Highway 92. Assisting with the evacuations today are members of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, Pima County Sheriff’s Office, Graham County Sheriff’s Office, and Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.  (Source: Northern Rockies Incident Management Team)


“Officials said the update on the fire’s toll is 47 burned homes and 14 out-buildings destroyed in the Coronado National Forest near Sierra Vista.” Source

Wallow Fire Update

  • Size: 495,016 acres total [official estimate]
  • Containment: 38%
  • Location: Apache, Navajo, Graham, and Greenlee
  • Injuries to Date: 10
  • White Mountain Apache Reservation, San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona; Catron County, New Mexico
  • Total Personnel: 4,418
  • Residences: 2,714 threatened; 32 destroyed;
  • 5 damaged
  • Commercial Property: 473 threatened; 4 destroyed
  • Outbuildings: 1,216 threatened; 36 destroyed; 1 damaged
  • Vehicles: 1 destroyed.

Wallow Fire false-color image taken on June 15, 2011 by the Landsat 5 satellite. “The slightly blue blur is smoke, and dots of bright orange-red on the south side of the burn are active fires. Unburned forest is green, and sparsely vegetated land is pink.” Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download largest image (3 MB, JPEG)

Horseshoe Two  Fire – The Expensive Blaze

(Posted June 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm MST) The Horseshoe Two Fire is burning on the Coronado National Forest near Portal, Ariz.

  • Size: 206,314 acres
  • Containment: 70%
  • Date started: May 8, 2011
  • Number of Personnel: 1,284
  • Total structures destroyed: 23
  • Cost to Date: $43,271,795
  • Source: Great Basin 2 Incident Management Team


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Puyehue Ash: Seamless Satellite Imagery

Posted by feww on June 18, 2011

Another bleeding edge satellite imagery by NASA

Now you see it, now you don’t! Satellite images of ash from Puyehue-Cordón Caulle

The image bands show the density of aerosols released from the eruption at the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex as measured by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on the Aura satellite between June 5, 2011, one day after the eruption,  through June 13. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge.

CORDON CAULLE Eruption Update

  • CONTINUOUS EMISSION OBS ASH: June 17, 2011 at 19:30UTC


  • [Source: BUENOS AIRES VAAC ]

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