Monument Fire almost fully contained

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SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. – Residents are breathing a sigh of relief as fire officials announce the Monument Fire is almost fully contained.

The wildfire southeast of Sierra Vista has burned 30,526 acres and is 90 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

Residents on the following streets have been allowed back into their homes:

Andalusian /Arab /Big Oak/Big Spur/Black Bear Oak/Blue Oak/Bryerly/Bull Rope/Bunkhouse/Calle Cola Blanca/Cool Oaks Road/Covey Run/Darley/Elohyna/East Indigo Sky Road/East Thompson Park Road/Fairfield/Grand Oak/Hackney/Herder/Heritage Oak/Hickory/Hidden Oak/Hunter Creek/Kinjockity/La Pradera/Lippizan/Mighty Oak/Molly/Morgan/Mule Oak/Oakridge/Palisades/Paseo Venado/Polo/Red Oak/Roaring Oak/Roberto/Ruby/Saddlehorn/ School House/Seven Oaks/Sexton/Shire/Silver Concho/Silver Leaf/Silver Thorne/Sophia/South Rock Ridge Road/Stoneridge Road/Sun Quail/Swiss/Three Canyons/Vaquero/Welsh/White Leaf Wilderness

This area includes:

South of Three Canyons east of Highway 92/Stoneridge south of Highway 92, which includes Thompson Peak, Rockridge Road, and Indigo Sky Road.

Prince Placer Road west of Stoneridge will remain closed.

Residents must report to the Palominas Fire Station at 9695 E. Highway 92 (Miracle Valley -- milepost 338) between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. for their re-entry permit before going home. Permit specifics will be explained at the Palominas Fire Department.

The Monument Fire started June 12 and is burning in the Huachuca Mountains of the Coronado National Memorial and Coronado National Forest. The forest is closed to all visitors.

The Monument Fire continued to grow for several days as changing conditions provided difficult conditions for fire crews.

Four businesses and 14 residential structures were damaged or lost when the Monument Fire came down from Miller Canyon.

At this time there are 476 people battling the fire.

Last Friday, a new brush fire began burning near Range 13 on Fort Huachuca on the east side. No structures or people were in danger, but Fort Huachuca golf course was evacuated for safety reasons. The fire was quickly put out but not before damaging the course.

Authorities say an estimated 3,000 homes and 12,000 people have been evacuated so far by the fire.

One man was arrested and charged on eight felony counts for attempting to ram a marked patrol unit doing road closures.

Southwest Gas turned off the gas line to customers in an area south of Hereford Road and east to Highway 92. This was done as a precaution to minimize impact from the fire and to protect public safety.

Forty-four homes and 17 other buildings have been damaged or destroyed in the Ash Canyon area. In the Stump Canyon area, seven houses and four other structures have been destroyed. A vehicle and a historic building were also damaged.

There was one injury as a result of smoke inhalation.

Officials said the fire was human-caused.

Road closures:

Highway 92 is closed between Ramsey Canyon Road and Naco Highway (mileposts 327-352).

Highway 92 and Ramsey Road closed

Ramsey and Hereford roads are closed.

Tyler Trek at Mista Ray Road

Lower Ranch Road to Highwyay 90

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

West of Highway 92: Ash Canyon north to Ramsey Canyon Road

East of Highway 92: Ramsey Road east to Aquaduct, south to Hereford Road, and west to Highway 92

Ramsey Road is open from Aquaduct Road east to the San Pedro River

Hereford Road is open from Y Lightning Ranch Road east to the San Pedro River

All traffic coming from Bisbee to Sierra Vista should not use Highway 92.

Mandatory evacuations for:

West side of Highway 92: Ramsey Canyon Road north to Yaqui

West of Highway 92: Stump Canyon North to Yaqui

East of Highway 92: North to Camino Principal; east to Campobello south to Ramsey; Ramsey Road north to Lower Ranch Road east to the San Pedro River

Homestead east to the San Pedro River (does not go west towards Sierra Vista)

East side of Highway 92 from Ramsey Road east to Hargis Ranch Road / Hargis Ranch Road south to Hereford Road / Hereford Road west to Highway 92

East side of Highway 92 from Three Canyons east to Welsh Drive

West of Highway 92: Stump Canyon North to Ramsey Canyon Road

East of Highway 92: Three Canyons Road north to Hereford Road. 

Pre-evacuations for:

High Knoll area

West of Highway 92: Ramsey Canyon Road north to Buffalo Soldier Trail and west to Fort Huachuca

East of Highway 92: Ramsey Road north to Buffalo Soldier Trail and east to Aquaduct Road, south to Hereford Road and west to Highway 92

Evacuee information:

People who have been evacuated from their homes can go to the Apache Middle School, 3305 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista, 520-249-3297.

Buena High School, 5225 Buena School Drive, 520-236-3866 or 520-318-6740 and a new center at Bisbee High School, 675 School Terrace Road, 520-784-3478.

Cochise College in Douglas has offered the use of their dorms. Anyone interested is asked to call Central Housing at 520-249-2990 or 520-234-2590 for further information. Call at anytime.

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.

Donations are being accepted at the Fry Fire Station on Yaqui and the Red Cross Shelter/City of Sierra Vista at Apache Middle School in Sierra Vista. A list of specific supplies that are currently lacking is available on the city's website. The Red Cross has requested that gift cards in $5 denominations or monetary donations be given in lieu of bulky supplies requiring storage. Get more information about how to help.

Fire information bulletin boards will be set up at the Incident Command Center at Valley View Elementary, the food court at the Sierra Vista Mall, in Hereford near the Post Office, and Jumping Jack convenience store on Highway 92 in Palominas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.