Jun 14, 2011 3:30 PM
PORTAL - The Horseshoe 2 Fire is now 171,333 acres in size, and about 1,314 personnel have the fire 53 percent contained, as of the latest update.
Winds have been actively backing the fire into grass and brush, fueling a solid flame front which will continue until it hits the containment line, incident officials say.
A GPS flight and recon of the containment perimeter has been conducted to model the long-term behavior of the fire and the effects to the area. Local utility companies are continuing to repair power lines and poles in safe areas. Crews continue to mop-up around structures in Turkey Creek before they let evacuees return to that area.
While the fire continues further into Chiricahua National Monument, personnel are using aerial ignition along the ridges to reduce the intensity of the fire there, officials say.
Today, crews will construct an indirect line and progress burnouts along the west flank of the fire, and continue evaluation of where the next indirect line will be placed. Crews will also work to protect structures and mop up in Whitetail, Pinery Road and Turkey Creek.
The expected containment date of this human-caused fire is still June 22.
Pictured:Igniting ridgeline at Chiricahua National Monument from the air
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