Monument Fire forces evacuations


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 16 at 2:25 PM

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SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. -- A fast-growing wildfire in southern Arizona has prompted the evacuation of dozens of small neighborhoods near Sierra Vista.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Monument Fire has burned more than 9,000 acres of the Coronado National Forest and is 17 percent contained.

Forty homes and 10 other structures have already burned.

The blaze has done more property damage than the huge Wallow Fire in the White Mountains and homeowners and their animals are still in the path of the fire.

Shelters for evacuees have been set up. One is at the old Apache Middle School, 3305 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. The Red Cross set up a receiving center at the Palominas Elementary School, 10385 E. Hwy 92, Hereford. It is open until 7 p.m.

Other shelters are housing pets for people forced to evacuate.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office has resource information available to help move large animals. Anyone needing assistance is asked to call the sheriff's office at 520-432-9500 and they will be able to give phone numbers for volunteers to help in this effort.

Investigators think the fire is human-caused.

Road closures:

Highway 92 is closed from Hereford Road to Coronado Memorial Road (mileposts 329-341). DPS is advising motorists to use State Route 90 and State Route 80 as alternates. For local traffic only, State Route 92 is open from the junction of S.R. 90 to Sierra Vista.

There is a road closure at Rio Santiago and Three Canyons.

The following roads are being closed to allow for ingress/egress of air support units gathering water at these locations: Avenida Saracino, South San Pedro and Ramsey, and Loma and Highway 92.

Ash Canyon, Hunter Canyon, Stump Canyon, Lower Stump Canyon, Turkey Track and Three Canyons will remain closed until further notice.

Mandatory evacuations for:

West of Highway 92: Hereford Road to Ash Canyon Road. This includes but is not limited to East Flying V Lane, East Miller Canyon Road, East Hillcrest Drive, East Bristlecone Lane, East Oak Haven, East Hunter Canyon, East Baumkirchner Road, East Stump Canyon Road, East Spring Road and South Deer Trail.

East of Highway 92: Hereford Road to Circle S. Ranch Road and South to East Pioneer Lane to include but not be limited to Cave Place, Haul Drive, Davis Street, Shirley Drive, East Corral Drive, Madalein Drive, East Brickey Drive, East Rogers Drive, East Linda Vista Drive, Olive Lane, Calle Coyote, East Antler Trail, La Paloma Lane, Sunnyvale Road, Valley Vista and Pioneer Place.

Pre-evacuations for:

West of Highway 92: From Miller Canyon north to Ramsey Canyon

East of Highway 92: From Hereford Road north to Ramsey Road. One mile east of Highway 92 on Hereford Road to approximately Y Lightning Ranch Road.

More information about the Monument Fire can be found at