Arizona

Jun 9, 2011 12:16 PM

Containment of Horseshoe 2 Fire drops to 40 pct.

TUCSON - Red flag winds with 40 mph gusts expanded the Horseshoe Two Fire yesterday - dropping containment from 50 percent to 40 percent, and growing the area burned to 116,024 acres.

According to incident officials, an evacuation order has been issued for Pinery Road, and all Coronado National Forest land will close at noon today.

Winds drove expansion of the Horseshoe Two Fire to the west, north, and east, and caused it to cross containment lines along Pinery Creek and Whitetail canyon.

Assessments show that three residences and four outbuildings were destroyed in the vicinity of West Turkey Creek yesterday, officials say. To date, 14 structures have been lost to the Horseshoe Two Fire.

Crews will continue to construct and improve an indirect fireline to the north and west of the fire, as well as efforts to protect historic buildings and cultural sites in the Chiricahua National Monument. Triage and fuel reduction efforts around threatened structures will continue today, incident officials say.

In addition to Pinery Canyon Road, the following existing closures remain in effect:

• The community of Whitetail and East Whitetail Canyon Road
• Forest Road 42B west of Portal
• Forest Road 42 at the junction of Herb Martyr Road
• Paradise Road at the junction of Foothills Road and Nolan Road

Officials estimate the fire will be contained by June 22. Currently a crew of just over 1,000 is fighting the blaze - operations so far have cost $32,281,552.

Image courtesy Credit: Titus SWIMT via Inciweb.org

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