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Jun 24, 2011 12:02 AM

Monument Fire now exceeds 29,000 acres

SIERRA VISTA - According to the Incident Management Team the Monument Fire is now 29,065 acres and 59% contained.

There are 1,176 people assigned to the fire, including 26 crews, 86 engines, 7 helicopters, 1 single-engine air tanker, 2 heavy air tankers, and 2 dozers.

The IMT says that today, crews continued to construct, reinforce, and secure the line between the Garden and Monument fires. At the upper end of Carr Canyon, "hot shot" hand crews, with close air support, are constructing hand line to keep the fire from spreading north into Ramsey Canyon. Night operations will focus on line improvement and mop up, while continuing to burn out areas west of the evacuated neighborhoods to strengthen control lines in the Carr Canyon and Garden Canyon road areas. Engines will continue to patrol and mop up hot spots.

Crews from Fort Huachuca constructed and improved lines to reduce fuels along the Garden Canyon Road and elsewhere on base. Tonight they will burn out a protective strip near Garden Canyon with assistance from Monument Fire crews. On the southwest perimeter, crews held the fire in check on the ridge between Blind and Ida canyons using retardant, hand line, and burn out.

The IMT says within the next 12 hours, limited fire movement is expected down Carr Canyon.

Evacuations have been lifted except for the area west of State Road 92 south of Ramsey Road and north of White Lily, which includes 316 homes. State Road 92 was reopened at noon today with a 45-mph speed limit. No permits are needed for residents returning to their homes in the reopened area.

Of the fire's total acreage, 15,265 are within the Coronado National Forest, 8,077 on private land, 4,843 at the Coronado National Memorial, 198 on Bureau of Land Management public lands, 487 on State Trust lands, and 195 within Fort Huachuca. The fire has also burned 1,527 acres in Mexico, in addition to the 29,065 acres in Arizona.

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