Monument Fire in Arizona

The Monument fire in Southern Arizona just keeps getting bigger.  Some homes have already burned out.  At this time the fire is 17 % contained.

Monument fire, Sierra Vista, AZ...June 15, 2011

Funny helicopter....great firefighter









The giant helicopter shown left can carry hundreds and hundreds of gallons of a red slurry to help damp the fire…really funny/ugly looking, but a tremendous help to the firefighters.

 

 

 

 

 

The fire has covered about 10,000 acres at this time and many hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate their homes and go to shelters and await news of whether their homes survived.  This Monument fire  is one of three presently burning in Arizona; one is about 185,000 acres and is about 60% contained, the other is a giant one at close to 480,000 acres and is 29% contained.  Firefighters in Arizona are definitely earning their pay this year…well, actually they earn it all the time. 🙂  They are brave people who contribute tremendously to society and they deserve our respect.

Monument fire, Sierra Vista, AZ June 15, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little hard to breath at times, if you have lung problems you don’t want to be here.

Sierra Vista is about 75 miles South / slightly East of Tucson; a nice little town that is also home to Fort Huachuca, which is home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command.
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UPDATE 6-19-2011  Fire is now about 27,000 acres and roughly 27% contained.  Many buildings have burned and many people still cannot go home.
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