- Posted June 16, 2011 by
Sierra Vista, Arizona
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Wildfires blazing near you
Coronado Memorial Monument Fire
While a majority of the focus is on the Wallow Fire near the Arizona/New Mexico Border, a new and harsh fire has broken out in Southeast Arizona near the Mexican Border. Fire crews, volunteers, border patrol, and various other agencies are all working day and night to contain the fire and keep it from burning down homes and businesses.
Situated just 10 miles south of the Fort Huachuca Army base, and 1 hour south of Tucson, Millers Peak is the highest point of elevation in the area. It is also now host to a growing wild fire, which has claimed several houses and forced evacuation of many residents in the surrounding towns.
Investigation into the cause of the fire is still preliminary, although reports are coming to light that it was initially caused by drug and immigrant smugglers who initiated a fire to evade capture during a pursuit south of the US Border.