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Jun 21, 2011 7:13 PM

Fort Huachuca personnel to assist with controlled burn

FORT HUACHUCA - Personnel at the Fort Huachuca Army Base will be assisting the National Incident Management Team in performing a controlled burn around the Monument Fire over the next three days.

According to a release from the base, burnout operations will create a "catcher's mitt" in front of the potential path of the wildfire, burning toward Ramsey Canyon.

Fort Huachuca personnel will focus on protection first, deliberately creating low-impact fire that will remove excess fuels before fire can reach them, base officials say.

Tonight, crews will be burning around the mouth of Ramsey Canyon, on the north and south sides of the road. Tomorrow, crews will move to Brown Canyon, concentrating on an established burnout in the lower areas there. On Thursday, crews will move to Scheelite canyon, depending on the fire behavior. Finally, on Friday, crews will work to remove fuels from Garden Canyon, officials say.

Each phase will be completely evaluated and analyzed before moving on to the next one.

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