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Monument Fire

Residents can inspect fire-damaged homes

  • Nick's Place burns Sunday.
    courtesy Jason Jen KudlaNick's Place burns Sunday.
  • Fire damage in the Nicksville area around 4 p.m. Sunday.
    courtesy Pat CallFire damage in the Nicksville area around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Residents in Ash and Stump canyons can arrange a visit to see their fire-damaged homes, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Those who have been told their property was damaged by the Monument Fire burning south of Sierra Vista can make an appointment to be taken to their homes by calling 520-803-3850.

Deputies will take up to four people at a time to properties to allow residents to take photographs and assess damage.

Personal vehicles are not allowed beyond law enforcement roadblocks in the area.

The Monument Fire has burned 27,000 acres since it began a week ago, authorities said. About 10,000 people were evacuated in the area over the weekend.

Nearly 1,100 firefighters are battling the blaze, including 108 engines, 9 helicopters and 10 air tankers, fire managers said. The fire is 27 percent contained.

The day after hundreds of homes were evacuated from the grassy flatlands southeast of Sierra Vista, "fire behavior is expected to be moderate" as calmer winds won't push the flames as quickly as gusty weather did over the weekend.

The fire will is expected to move off Carr Peak and down Carr Canyon toward S.R. 92. Structure protection efforts will continue in Carr and Ramsey Canyons, fire managers said.

"The Ramsey Canyon area is the most difficult piece of terrain many firefighters have ever seen," they said.

Evacuation centers have been set up at Apache Middle School (520-249-3297) and Buena High School (520-318-6740) in Sierra Vista, Cochise College in Douglas (520-255-4240). Bisbee High School was opening a center Sunday afternoon.

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