Jun 16, 2011 1:53 PM

Acreage increases on Horseshoe Two fire

PORTAL, Ariz. (AP) - The Horseshoe Two wildfire in southeastern Arizona is closing in on 200,000 acres. The Forest Service reports the wildfire is now at 198,174 acres or 309 square miles.

The fire remains 60 percent contained.

Strong southwest winds, hot temperatures and very low relative humidity will produce critical red flag fire weather across the Cochise County burn area Thursday. Crews are focused on containment lines and structure protection Thursday.

Firefighters extended burnout operations to the western boundary of the Chiricahua National Monument Wednesday without loss of any historic structures.

Pictured: Fire Plume on 13 June, 2011, Credit: Ron Kaczor

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