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Jun 13, 2011 7:35 PM

Forest Service: Monument Fire behavior "extreme"

SIERRA VISTA - The Monument Fire, sparked yesterday afternoon near Sierra Vista, has grown to about 3,000 acres and is 0 percent contained, as of the latest update.

Forest Service officials say that currently, six crews, 13 fire engines, four water tankers, two air tankers, and four helicopters totaling a crew of 250 are assigned to this fire. A Type I incident management team will assume command of the fire later today.

Coronado National Memorial Drive is closed south of Arizona Highway 92, and all roads through Coronado National Forest west of the memorial are closed.

All houses along Coronado National Memorial Drive have been evacuated, along with anyone present at Coronado National Memorial itself, officials say.

Crews are currently attempting to protect structures in the southern end of the Ash Creek subdivision by burning out vegetation in the area.

Forest Service officials say that the fire's behavior is extreme, with wind a terrain driving the blaze in steep, rugged areas. The fire is human-caused, and is under investigation.

Carol Capas with Cochise County Sheriff's Office says that anyone needing assistance with animal evacuations (ANY animals to include livestock, horses, rabbits, goats, pigs, domestic animals, etc.) can call Care 4 the Horses at 520-559-2224. They will have volunteers standing by to assist with this effort.

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