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Jun 7, 2011 1:34 PM

One month on, Horseshoe 2 just over half-contained

TUCSON - Nearly one month after it began, the Horseshoe 2 Fire remains at about 104,285 acres in size and 55 percent containment - five structures have been lost to this fire to date, and operations have cost almost $30 million.

According to incident officials, since Horseshoe 2 was sparked on May 8, two cabins, one bunkhouse, two toilets and one look-out have been lost, and 30 residences are currently threatened, along with 35 other structures.

Today, firefighters will continue to fortify the north and northwest portions of the wildfire to protect the community of Whitetail and the Chiricahua National Monument, officials say. Crews also hope to hold the fire south of Road #356 between Pinery Canyon and Whitetail.

In spite of high temperatures, 35 mph wind gusts and extremely dry fuels, the fire did not more significantly yesterday. Today, if the weather allows, burn out operations may be implemented to slow the fire's growth to the north, officials say.

The following evacuations and road closures are still in effect around the fire:

• The communities of Whitetail and Paradise remain evacuated.
• Forest Road 42B is closed west of Portal
• Forest Road 42 is closed at the junction of Herb Martyr Road
• Pinery Canyon Road (Forest Road 42) is closed at the west forest boundary
• Paradise Road is closed at the junction of Foothills Road and Nolan Road
• Chiricahua National Monument remains closed to the public until further notice

Fuel reduction will occur around historical buildings in the Chiricahua National Monument and private structures in Whitetail Canyon. The Burned Area Emergency Response assessment teams are looking at burned areas and will recommend and implement treatment to begin rehabilitating areas affected by the fire, officials say.

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