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Jun 17, 2011 1:28 PM

7 houses detroyed by Monument as evac. area is extended

SIERRA VISTA - An update to confirmed damage caused by the Monument Fire so far: seven houses and four outbuildings have been lost to the fire, and one vehicle and one historic building have been damaged.

The mandatory evacuation area has been extended to cover the following areas:

-West side of Highway 92 from Stump Canyon, north to Ramsey Canyon Road.

-East side of Highway 92 from Ramsey Road east to Moson Road / Moson Road south to Hereford Road/ Hereford Road west to Highway 92.

In addition, the following roads and areas are closed until further notice:

-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.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office has the following request for affected citizens:

"The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is asking the citizens to please be patient during this very trying time. Public Safety officials are doing everything possible to get people to safety in a timely and professional manner, so the cooperation of the public is critical. One male subject has been arrested and charged on eight felony counts for attempting to ram a marked patrol unit doing road closures."

Donations are accepted at the Fry Fire Station on Yaqui, and the Red Cross Shelter/City of Sierra Vista at Apache Middle School.

Here are the locations and phone numbers for all evacuation centers currently in use:

-Apache Middle School opened by the City of Sierra Vista and the Red Cross 249-3297

-Buena High School opened by the City of Sierra Vista and the Red Cross 520-318-6740

-Cochise College in Douglas has offered the use of their Dorms in Douglas. Anyone interested is asked to call 520-255-4240 for further information.

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