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Jun 13, 2011 3:49 PM

Heavy fuels cause Horseshoe 2 to spread over weekend

PORTAL - The Horseshoe 2 Fire remains at about 48 percent containment, and has grown to 148,505 acres, spreading to the west, northwest, north and south.

The larger fire spread over the weekend is predominately due to heavier fuels and some wind influence, incident officials say. Continuing erratic winds have caused short runs of the fire in some areas, but long, sustained runs have not yet developed.

Today, crews will maintain structure protection, and continue to mop up around structures in Whitetail, Pinery Road and Turkey Creek, officials say. Crews will also continue selective aerial ignition, when conditions are good, to minimize the fire intensity in the north end of Coronado National Forest and Chiricahua National Monument.

Utility companies are beginning to repair power lines and poles in safe areas.

The expected containment date for the Horseshoe 2 Fire is still June 22.

Image courtesy: USFS

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