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Updated: Monument Fire burning south of Sierra Vista

  • The Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border Monday evening.
    courtesy Kresent GurtlerThe Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border Monday evening.
  • The Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border Monday evening.
    courtesy Kresent GurtlerThe Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border Monday evening.
  • The Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border Monday night around 11 p.m.
    courtesy Kresent GurtlerThe Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border Monday night around 11 p.m.
  • The Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday night.
    courtesy Kresent GurtlerThe Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday night.
  • The Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday afternoon.
    courtesy Glenn Spencer/American Border PatrolThe Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday afternoon.
  • An airplane drops fire retardant on the Monument Fire on Sunday.
    courtesy CochiseTalk.comAn airplane drops fire retardant on the Monument Fire on Sunday.
  • The Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday afternoon.
    courtesy Glenn Spencer/American Border PatrolThe Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Monument Fire burns near a Border Patrol surveillance tower Sunday at about 4:20 p.m.
    courtesy Glenn Spencer/American Border PatrolThe Monument Fire burns near a Border Patrol surveillance tower Sunday at about 4:20 p.m.
  • The Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday afternoon.
    courtesy Kresent GurtlerThe Monument Fire burns near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday afternoon.

A wildfire near the border south of Sierra Vista charred 3,000 acres over the past day and prompted evacuations Sunday.

The fire's behavior is extreme, with the steep rugged terrain and winds contributing to its spread, said Forest Service spokeswoman Heidi Schewel in a Monday afternoon press release.

About 250 personnel were fighting the fire Monday. Crews were conducting burn-outs near the southern edge of the Ash Creek subdivision to protect homes there. Schewel said those operations were progressing well.

The human-caused Monument Fire began in the Coronado National Memorial and spread to Coronado National Forest land.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office evacuated of residents south of Arizona 92, from Ash Canyon to King’s Ranch Road. Memorial Road is closed because of downed power lines.

Battling the blaze are 6 firefighting crews, with 13 engines, Schewel said. Air support for the fire crews includes 2 air tanker and 4 helicopters.

One outbuilding along Memorial Road was burned, Schewel said.

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