Firefighters update residents on Horseshoe 2 Fire - Tucson News Now

Firefighters update evacuated residents on Horseshoe 2 fire

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PORTAL, AZ (KOLD) - Firefighters sought to reassure residents Monday night who are being threatened by the Horseshoe fire near the New Mexico border.

About 150 people attended a community meeting for updates on the efforts to protect their homes.

Firefighters said they were confident they had made progress against the blaze that has already burned 2,000 acres in the Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, which is about two miles west of Rodeo, N.M.

No homes have burned and officials said they felt they could continue keeping those homes safe.

About 300 firefighters are battling the wildfire, and more resources - including equipment and personnel - should arrive Tuesday.

Less wind, more moisture and cooler temperatures could also help in the firefighter efforts, the residents were told.

The Cochise County Sheriff has issued evacuations for several hundred residents living east of the Forest boundary from Sulphur Draw north along the Forest boundary to Robinson Ranch and west along Portal Road.

Evacuation centers have been set up at the Portal Rodeo Community Center and the Animas Community Center.

The Coronado National Forest Service says the fire is human caused and sparked around 11 a.m. Sunday.

Fire fighters have seen extreme fire behavior overnight.

They expect the fire to grow toward the northeast on Monday because of forecasted high winds.

Fire fighters will scout the area for potential fire lines Monday and provide protection for any homes or structures in danger of burning.

Fire fighters will also protect the Cave Creek Canyon area, which is a renowned birding area.

Stay with KOLD News 13 on air, online at KOLD.com, and on your mobile device for any live, local, late breaking updates on this fire.

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