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.


More links on fire situation:

AZcentral.com: Arizona Fires: At Monument Fire, more evacuations

Photos of Monument Fire (courtesy of azcentral.com)

Estimated 1,700 homes being evacuated, more road closures

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  1. radargeek says:

    Our borders are on fire and my relatives in this exact area (Sierra Vsta)say that the fire was caused by illegals. I read only one article that said the fire was caused by humans but was not specific. Does anyone know? My sisters homes are in threat of being burned down…

    • Artgal says:

      Have you received any updates from your sisters? Please let me know if they were part of the evacuation area.

      I hope everyone is safe! Sending prayers.

      • radargeek says:

        I just go off the phone with her. My one sister lives near Carr Canyon and is on a pre-evac notice. A few of the homes,and restaurants/bars near the canyon were burned down. They are using 911 calls to evac. She said that her family cleared a buffer area around the house. She also works for the power company there in Sierra Vista and had to work this weekend- which is putting a lot more stress on the situation. She said that they don’t think the fire is going to reach them but was put on pre-evac status. My other sister lives in town and it seems that the fire is going around the city; so she is safe. Thank you for your concern and thanks for the prayers.

  2. El Gordo says:

    Unless there is evidence of a lighting strike, I’d have to say that your relatives’ suspicions are more than less correct…after all, those illegals are nothing more than burglars with no regard for the property or lives of others and are the antithesis of the American spirit…make no mistake, they are our enemy.

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