9OYS Special Coverage: Blazing Arizona
Additional evacuations ordered due to Monument Fire
Monument Fire grown to more than 18,000 acres
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The Monument Fire, a wildfire burning in Cochise County near Sierra Vista has grown to more than 18,000 acres and has prompted evacuations for numerous residents. Fire officials tell KGUN9 containment of the fire stands at 15 percent. There are 800 people assigned to fight the blaze, including 20 crews, 70 engines and 7 helicopters.
50 structures (40 homes and 10 other structures) have been lost or damaged in the Ash Canyon area including the listed roads: Ash Canyon Road, Muffin Lane, Deer Trail, Prince Placer, Acorn, Pickett Lane, Twin Oaks, Mountainview, Stoneridge, Turkey Track and East Spring Road. Additional assessments will be completed throughout the day.
Another informational meeting for the public will be held this at 6:00 p.m. this evening at the Windemere Hotel in Sierra Vista. Fire information bulletin boards are set-up at the Incident Command Center at Valley View Elementary, the food court at the Sierra Vista Mall, and Jumping Jack convenience store on Highway 92 in Palominas. The Coronado National Forest is closed to all visitors. Those traveling along Highway 92 should be aware of the increased fire traffic and possible closures. All evacuation orders remain in place. For evacuation information call Cochise County Sheriff's Office at 520-432-9500.
Pre-evacuations: East from Highway 92 to the San Pedro River between Ramsey Road and Highway 92. West of Highway 92: From Miller Canyon north to Ramsey Canyon, East of Highway 92: From Hereford Road north Ramsey Road, One mile east of Highway 92 on Hereford Road to approximately Y Lightning Ranch Road.
West of Highway 92: Hereford Road to Palominas Rd. This includes East Flying V Lane East Miller Canyon Road, East Hillcrest Drive, East Bristlecone Lane, East Oak Haven, East Hunter Canyon, East Baumkirchner Road, East Stump Canyon Road, East Spring Road and South Deer Trail.
East of Highway 92: Hereford Road to S. Circle Drive and South to East Pioneer Lane to include Cave Place, Haul Drive, Davis Street, Shirley Drive, East Corral Drive, Madelein Drive, East Bricky Drive, East Roger Drive, East Linda Vista Drive, Olive Lane, Calle Coyote, East Antler Trail, La Paloma, Sunnyvale Road, Valley Vista and Pioneer Place.
Hereford Road to Palominas Road south to Highway 92 and back to west of Highway 92.
All areas between Ramsey Road east to Moson Road, south to Hereford.
The Fire has now jumped over Highway 92 at mp 332 (@ Stump Canyon) and is now burning on the east side of Highway 92. There is a mandatory evacuation for the following:
- Highway 92 closed at Ramsey Road and Coronado Memorial.
- Highway 92 at Melody Lane.
- Y Lightning Ranch Road south to Hereford Road
- Hereford Road west to Highway 92
- Entire east and west side of Highway 92 between Ramsey Road and Hereford
Closures: Ash Canyon, Hunter Canyon, Stump Canyon (both upper and lower), Turkey Track and Three Canyon will remain closed until further notice.
- Rio Santiago and Three Canyons.
- Ramsey Road and Highway 92
- Y Lightning and Hereford Road
- Soft closure at Hereford and Moson to redirect traffic going to Sierra Vista using Moson Road to Highway 90.
The following roads are being closed to allow for ingress/egress of air support units gathering water at these locations: Avenida Saracino, South San Pedro and Ramsey, and Loma and Highway 92. (all of these roads are east of Highway 92) Forest Service security personnel are enroute to assist with the site security and road closures.
All residents are also asked to be prepared with a "Go-Bag" which needs to include any medications, important papers and documents, money and enough personal items to sustain them for several days.
Shelters set-up for anyone needing a place to stay:
- Apache Middle School @ 3305 East Fry Boulevard
- Cochise College has offered the use of their dorms in Douglas. Anyone interested is asked to call Dean Bo Hall at (520) 227-9302 for further information.
All residents in this area are encouraged to make advanced arrangements for livestock and large animals to be moved. This will allow the evacuation process to run more smoothly if necessary.
- Care for the Horses, (520) 559-2224
- Horse'n Around Rescue, (520) 907-8765
- Coordination in evacuating small animals, (520) 234-7037
- New Frontier Animal Hospital is taking rescued small animals found by firefighters. They can be reached at (520) 234-5145. They are also providing boarding facilities and veterinarian care for small animals at no charge.
Donations are being accepted at the Fry Fire Station on Yaqui and the Red Cross Shelter/City of Sierra Vista at Apache Middle School in Sierra Vista.