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Jun 18, 2011 2:48 AM

Cochise County residents anxious to return home

COCHISE COUNTY - Some of the earliest evacuees from the Monument Fire near Sierra Vista are now anxious to return home.

Several residents at the community meeting held Friday night asked Cochise County Sheriff's officials when they will be allowed back in. Officials say they will have to assess each home before the residents can return, and their resources are tight right now. They have evacuated around 3,000 homes since this fire began.

They also said that while some structures are in tact, the areas are still unsafe with downed power lines and constant bulldozing and fire trucks in and out of the area.

Ash Canyon resident Mark Gibson said he would feel safer at home, "It's safer there than where I'm at now. I had to almost evacuate today because of the fires today that broke out on Ft. Huachuca. I would rather go home."

The Sheriff's Deputy at the meeting responded, "We've got downed power poles, downed power lines. It just is not safe at this time."

Officials said they made an arrest on Thursday because a resident tried to run past their road block. They are urging residents to stay patient, and said they will contact them when it is safe to return home.

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