On Sunday, a new wildfire began in Arizona’s Coronado National Monument located in the Huachuca Mountains near the Mexican border. The fire has quickly spread causing evacuations in the town of Hereford and several surrounding areas.
The Monument Fire comes as the state is also dealing with the Wallow Fire, which became the largest wildfire in Arizona history as of Tuesday, and the Horseshoe Two Fire which began on May 8.
In response to the fires and the needs for those being evacuated, the American Red Cross is setting up shelter and taking online donations to assist residents: Southern Arizona Chapter of The American Red Cross
Arizona Tea Party has also posted monetary and material donation information (including to Wells Fargo): How You Can Help Monument Fire Victims. As of this morning, I have also learned there is need for baby items especially baby food, diapers, wipes that can be donated directly on site at Apache Middle School in Sierra Vista where the Red Cross has set up shelter (see Red Cross link above).
Among those affected by the Monument Fire are horses. The Hereford region is largely ranch area, so pastures and shelter are vulnerable. The following comes from Jennifer Leslie, Arizona Smart Girl Politics Coordinator, who posted the following on SGP Tucson’s Facebook page:
Horse ‘N Around Rescue Ranch and Foundation have 20+ rescued horses that were grazing in a pasture just off Coronado Memorial Road. The pasture was completely burned so now they must be fed purchased hay and grain. Since the community has met the needs of the firemen please help these animals.
Horse’N Around Rescue Ranch and Foundation, Inc. is an Arizona Corporation with 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS.
All help will be appreciated!
Most importantly, offer prayers and good vibes for everyone involved – including the animals.
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