Fire update

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http://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm

States currently reporting large fires:

Arkansas (1)

Arizona (4)

Colorado (1)

Florida (11)

Georgia (3)

Mississippi (1)

New Mexico (2)

North Carolina (3)

Oklahoma (2)

Texas (13) – Texas that BHO turned down FEMA aid to.

Monument Fire, AZ

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2324/

29,065 acres at 59 percent contained.  Structures are threatened and evacuations are in effect.

Resources on Fire:  There are 1,176 people assigned to the fire, including 26 crews, 86 engines, 7 helicopters, 1 single-engine air tanker, 2 heavy air tankers, and 2 dozers.

Today, crews continued to construct, reinforce, and secure the line between the Garden and Monument fires. At the upper end of Carr Canyon, “hot shot” hand crews, with close air support, are constructing hand line to keep the fire from spreading north into Ramsey Canyon. Night operations will focus on line improvement and mop up, while continuing to burn out areas west of the evacuated neighborhoods to strengthen control lines in the Carr Canyon and Garden Canyon road areas. Engines will continue to patrol and mop up hot spots.

Crews from Fort Huachuca constructed and improved lines to reduce fuels along the Garden Canyon Road and elsewhere on base. Tonight they will burn out a protective strip near Garden Canyon with assistance from Monument Fire crews. On the southwest perimeter, crews held the fire in check on the ridge between Blind and Ida canyons using retardant, hand line, and burn out.

Within the next 12 hours, limited fire movement is expected down Carr Canyon NE towards State Road 92 and backing west into the Miller Wilderness.

Evacuations have been lifted except for the area west of State Road 92 south of Ramsey Road and north of White Lily, which includes 316 homes. State Road 92 was reopened at noon today with a 45-mph speed limit. No permits are needed for residents returning to their homes in the reopened area. Call the Joint Information Center for updates or visit the walk-in center at the Windemere Hotel to view large-scale maps and speak to fire staff.

Aerial footage of Monument Fire threatening Fort Huachuca

http://vimeo.com/25477150

Includes helicopter dropping water. Just like the movies do it. It must help, or they wouldn’t bother. But honestly … the scale makes it look like someone spitting into a bonfire.

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6 responses to “Fire update

  1. We’ve had some pretty heavy smoke here for the last several weeks because of all the fires. This is the worst drought I’ve seen in the 10 years we’ve lived here. Trees are falling down all over the place. We had a thunderstorm yesterday and it helped knock down what hadn’t already fallen over.

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    • Ting

      I learned during Hurricane Isabel that a drought might help you during hurricane season. It seems that the tree roots go down deep in dry weather which makes them more able to stand up to the winds.

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      • That is true, but it can also be hurtful. If we don’t get enough rain and the ground is really dry when a hurricane or tropical storm hits, it could cause really severe flooding, because the water won’t soak into the ground fast enough. It’s like trying to water a potted plant that you let get dried out. The water just runs down around the edges. That’s why I’m super greatful that we’ve had rain 3? times in the last week or two (more than we’ve had in the last few months).

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  2. Pistol Pete

    Here in Northern Illinois its been raining off and on for the last two weeks.
    Most of the states with fires burning are red states;pity.No help from the poser.Thats the Chicago Way.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      Fortunately for us, some of them picked up seats and electoral votes from blue states as a result of the 2010 census. Ha!

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  3. chrissythehyphenated

    Please pray the weather holds. Today’s news says they’re making progress. 65% contained.

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