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
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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