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Jun 17, 2011 12:23 PM

Wildfire south of Sierra Vista over 18,000 acres

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - Burned acreage numbers are up and the containment number is down on the Monument Fire burning near Sierra Vista. The U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire has burned 18,580 acres or 29 square miles. The containment number has fallen to 15 percent from an earlier report of 17 percent containment.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation after it starting June 12 in the Coronado Memorial.

The Sierra Vista Herald reports that no homes were destroyed after the fire jumped Highway 92 Thursday east of Stump Canyon.

Aircraft are bombing the wildfire with water and fire suppressing chemicals, but the planes could be grounded Friday afternoon as winds pick up.

Fire officials say winds combined with heat, low humidity and dried out trees and brush means a challenging day ahead.

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