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Jun 8, 2011 1:53 PM

Horseshoe 2 Fire is 50 percent contained

PORTAL - As of the latest update, the Horseshoe 2 Fire has consumed 106,661 acres, but is now 50 percent contained by a crew of just under 1,000.

The evacuation order for the community of Paradise has been lifted, however, evacuations remain in effect for Whitetail and the Chiricahua National Monument.

The human-caused fire burning near Portal, Arizona, was sparked exactly one month ago, and is expected to be contained by June 22, according to incident officials.

Gusty winds carried the fire across the containment line on the western flank to an area south of West Turkey Creek, causing a "slopover" fire over 100 acres in size which destroyed one residence and damaged another structure.

Today, operations will attempt to stop the fire from spreading further into West Turkey Creek, and crews will be working with the Coronado National Forest and Chiricahua National Monument to develop a management strategy for the coming days.

Click here to download a Google Earth file containing the latest data on the Horseshoe 2 Fire. (Google Earth is required to view this file).

Pictured: A plume of smoke coming from the Horseshoe 2 Fire, Credit: Todd Abel SWIMT via Inciweb.org

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