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Jun 27, 2011 11:37 AM

Horseshoe 2 Fire now fully contained

PORTAL - The Horseshoe 2 Fire burning in southeastern Arizona near Portal is now 100 percent contained.

Fire officials declared the incident fully contained on Saturday evening, but fire suppression and wildlife rehabilitation work will continue. The Burned Area Emergency Response Team will work "for some time" to stabilize the area and minimize soil erosion.

A helicopter was used to remove debris from the Barfoot Lookout area on Saturday, and crews also used a chipping machine to break down fallen branches and brush to clear debris around roads, especially Forest Route 42.

All evacuations around the Horseshoe 2 Fire have been lifted, but Coronado National Forest and Chiricahua National Monument remain closed to the public. Officials are considering allowing limited access to these areas.

For information on the current status of homes and structures on private property, call the Cochise County Sheriff's Department at: 520.432.9500

Pictured: Rehab crew on west side, Credit: Jack Conner

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