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Authorities ask for info on Monument Fire start

  • The Monument Fire, soon after its start on June 12.
    courtesy Glenn Spencer/American Border PatrolThe Monument Fire, soon after its start on June 12.

Anyone with knowledge about the start of the Monument Fire south of Sierra Vista should contact the Coronado National Forest, authorities said.

The fire began about 1 p.m. on June 12 along the U.S.-Mexican border, on or near the Coronado National Memorial, said Heidi Schewel, a spokeswoman for the Forest Service.

People who were in the area on June 12 or anyone having information about the fire's start are asked to call the Coronado National Forest at 520-388-8300 with their observations, Schewel said. An investigation into the fire's cause is ongoing, she said.

The fire burned 30,526 acres and destroyed some three dozen homes, authorities said. It remains 98 percent contained, as crews monitor for hot spots and rehabilitate fire lines.

The fire danger remains high, as does the risk from flash floods in burned areas, authorities said.

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