On the 12th of June, right on the U.S. – Mexico border, a fire started in a remote portion of the Coronado National Monument, Cochise County, Arizona. Fanned by high winds and fueled by drought stricken grass, brush and trees, it quickly grew to 3000 acres in just a few hours. Heading north-northeast, it expanded up and down the Huachuca Mountains, engulfing terrain as varied as grasslands at the lower elevations, 4000 feet, through oak woods between 5500-6500 feet, to Ponderosa and Apache Pine at the higher elevations up to 9200 feet. The BIG problem was it was heading right for Hereford Arizona and Sierra Vista, Arizona, a community of approximately 50,000 people, just 12 or so miles away.
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