The Horseshoe 2 Fire
in the Chiricahua Mountains continues to burn, though mostly away from residences. It has reached 210,311 acres with 75% containment. Additional updates can be found at the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon page on Facebook.
The Monument Fire
in the Huachuca Mountains is also still active, reaching 20,956 acres on the U.S. side with 27% containment plus another 1526 acres in Mexico. The fire jumped Hwy 92 at least twice and burned for a time into the grasslands. So far almost 50 homes have been lost to the fire, mainly in the areas of Stump and Ash canyons, and approximately 12,000 people have been evacuated so far. Today is shaping up to be another very bad day for fire crews, with strong winds (gusts to 50 mph) pushing the fire toward north toward the dense residential development along the southern edge of Sierra Vista. Scanner monitoring indicates that the fire has jumped to the Reef in Carr Canyon but has not yet entered Ramsey Canyon, and that additional structures are involved. Additional updates can be found on the Monument Fire page on Facebook
The Antelope Fire on Fort Huachuca burned for only a few hours. It was started by a spark from a bulldozer blade hitting a rock and threatened the very dense residential development along Buffalo Soldier Trail on the southwest side of Sierra Vista. Areas affected appear to be mainly grassland and desert scrub that should recover very quickly once the "monsoon" rains begin.
The Wallow Fire
in the White Mountains of east-central Arizona has become the largest fire in the state's history. It has affected 511,118 acres and is 44% contained.
A few cumulus clouds built up over the mountains and valleys yesterday afternoon, but no rain is predicted for the foreseeable future.