2011 Monument Wildfire - Sound and Press Archive

As of Sunday afternoon, June 12th, what has been named the Monument Wild Fire is burning in the Coronado National Memorial and directly north and east of that area.  As of Sunday, June 19th the fire has already damaged over 20000 acres of land.  KBRP will be posting all of the information we have available for our listeners on this page, so please keep checking back frequently or tuning in on 96.1 FM or online at KBRP RADIO dot COM.

Please contact Station Director, Ryan J. Bruce, at 520-227-6547 or via e-mail at ryan@kbrp.org with any questions or if you encounter any issues accessing the material on this page.

 

KBRP will be providing live updates on an as needed basis on 96.1 FM and streaming online at http://www.kbrpradio.com/Stream.aspx.

 

We will continue to provide updates via the web at http://www.kbrpradio.com/MonumentFire.html.

 

Breaking News:

Public Meeting Scheduled For Friday (7/1/2011):

• The Hereford Natural Resource Conservation District (NRCD) will sponsor a public meeting Friday at the County Complex Building B, on the corner of Colonia de Salud and Highway 90. The 10 a.m. meeting is to inform the public, downstream residents and interagency stakeholders about the Burned Area Emergency Response Team’s preliminary findings and potential recommended treatments.

Fact sheets and maps are posted throughout Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Tombstone, Palominas and Huachuca City.

Cochise County Office of Vital Records: In light of the recent and ongoing fires in Arizona, the State and County are taking steps to help residents who have lost important documents in the fires. The Cochise County Office of Vital Records will replace, for free, any Arizona birth or death certificates that individuals have lost as a result of their homes burning in the Arizona forest fires.

6:00 PM 6/23/2011 The Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM), at the request of Cochise County, is responding by opening an Individual Assistance Service Center (IASC) in Sierra Vista. The IASC opens at 10:00 AM June 24 at Cochise County Foothills Complex, 4001 E. Foothills Drive, in Sierra Vista. The center will serve as a centralized location for affected residents who were evacuated because of the Monument and Horseshow Two fires to receive information aiding their personal recovery from the fire. The IASC will be open Friday June 24, 2011 and Saturday June 25, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Monday June 27, 2011 through Saturday July 2, 2011. Residents can call the center at (520) 221-0160.

9:15 PM 6/23/2011 Those traveling along State Road 92 should be aware of increased fire traffic and the reduced speed limit in some areas.

12:00 PM 6/24/2011 Cochise County is establishing both an emergency transfer station for the disposal of solid waste and a temporary satellite office in the Hereford/Palominas area to assist property owners who have sustained damage to their homes or businesses as a result of the Monument Fire.

• The emergency transfer station will be located on Highway 92, west of Coronado Memorial Rd, in the Kings Ranch Subdivision. Roll-offs will be staged at this site for disposal; however, only fire-damaged materials will be accepted at this site. The emergency transfer station will be clearly marked. County staff, working with the Douglas Complex of the Department of Corrections inmate crews, will be available for loading and removing debris from properties. The emergency transfer station will be available from:

• Friday, June 24, 2011 through Sunday, July 10, 2011 6 AM to 7 PM

• A Cochise County satellite office will also be set up in the cafeteria of the Huachuca Oaks Camp, located at 9502 S. Highway 92 in the Hereford area. This satellite office will temporarily replace the current Planning and Zoning office located at the Cochise County Foothills Service Center. County staff will be available to provide assistance with permits for demolition, temporary RV or minor home repair permits and to answer questions about the impact of the fire on their properties. County Inspectors are working closely with SSVEC and various federal agencies to expedite the restoration of electric power. The temporary satellite office will be available from:

• Friday, June 24, 2011 through Sunday, July 10, 2011 7 AM to 5 PM

6:00 PM 6/24/2011 The Salvation Army is assisting evacuees and fire victims at the shelter and at their main office. The Salvation Army requests that residents continue to provide donations for non-perishable food, grocery gift certificates, gas certificates, and clothing. All donations should be made at the Salvation Army main office, located at 156 E. Wilcox (Next to Cox), between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, contact: Captain Bob at 520-459-8411.

9:23 PM 6/25/2011 Customers of Liberty Water Company’s South System are under a mandatory restriction beginning today, said Martin Garland, the regional manager for the company. Many customers on the system, which is on both sides of Highway 92 from Ramsey Canyon Road/Ramsey Road to Ash Canyon will have their water service curtailed if they are found violating the restriction rules, which were approved in the past by the Arizona Corporation Commission, he said. The restrictions fall within a Stage IV Water Emergency, which is one below the highest level of restrictions allowed, Garland said. Violations of the mandatory restrictions will subject the customer to immediate termination of water service, without notice, which means the water will be shut off and the water meter removed, and the customer will have to pay for water restoration, once the restriction is lifted, Garland said. The following are restricted use for water on the South System, and therefore are prohibited: (Courtesy of Sierra Vista The Herald)

• Irrigation of outdoor lawns, trees, shrubs or any plant life.

• Washing of any vehicle.

• The use of water for dust control or any outdoor cleaning uses.

• The use of drip or misting systems of any kind.

• The filling of any swimming pools, spas, fountains or ornamental ponds.

• The filling of property storage tanks or any water hoarding.

• Any other out-door water intensive activity.

• Additionally no new connections will be permitted.

10:00 AM 6/26/2011 Jack Blair, Chief Member Services Officer of the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative: The heat and residents returning from the fire evacuations has significantly increased power consumption in the area. Combined with the fact that the SSVEC electric grid is still operating in an emergency configuration versus its standard, SSVEC is requesting that all members in the area affected by the fire as well as those members who live around the country club, Canyon de Flores, and PDS Village 1 and 2 to please conserve electricity. Turn up your air conditioning a few degrees and use appliances at night. In its emergency configuration electric usage must be reduced or rolling brownouts may be needed. SSVEC urges its members to help one another and conserve all possible power for the next 5 days until the grid is able to be configured back to its original state.

8:30 AM 6/29/2011 West Coronado Burned Area Response team members are evaluating the fire effects of the Monument Fire in the field by day, by night they are analyzing the data collected to better understand watershed response and identifying emergency treatment possibilities for values at risk. Recommended treatments might include: constructing rolling dips in areas where roads become channels for water and debris; replacing small or damaged culverts; mulching to stabilize soil; heavy woody debris removal; posting signs at road crossings; or coordinating upper watershed and in stream systems as part of an early warning system for houses located in the path of a potentially destructive torrent.

12:01 AM 6/30/2011 Beginning Friday, all regular services will resume at the Hereford post office, following more than a week of sharing space with their colleagues in Sierra Vista. (Courtesy of Sierra Vista The Herald)

8:57 AM 6/30/2011 Special Message from the Northern Arizona Incident Management Team: The Northern Arizona Type II Incident Management Team will transition to a Type III Fire Organization on Friday morning when the Sierra Vista Ranger District takes command of the fire. This organization will stay in place until rehabilitation of the fire lines is complete. The fire camp at Valley View Elementary School will be dismantled on Friday. Any questions or concerns about grazing on BLM land after the fires can be directed to Brian Bellew at 520-237-8970.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the National Park Service would like to warn citizens and public safety personnel of the increased flooding danger in Coronado National Memorial. Due to the Memorial wildland fire impact to the Montezuma Canyon watershed, the flooding potential has increased. National Park Service Officials advise flooding conditions are likely to be reached in less time than before the fire and higher volumes of water could be carried in the drainages. The Memorial wildland fire has removed much of the vegetation that would normally slow and reduce the flow of water, so extra caution is now required during rain events. National Park Service Officials recommend anyone in Montezuma Canyon leave the area immediately under the threat of thunderstorms. Increase flooding and debris flows (rock slides) are expected to occur under these current environmental conditions.

Because of the recent Monument and Horseshoe II Fires and other wildfires that have stripped much of the natural ground cover from affected areas, there are increased risks of flash flooding and erosion damage from heavy monsoon rains. Property owners who feel they need extra protection in emergency situations may come to the following locations and fill sandbags and load them onto vehicles to transport to residential sites.

• We do not have manpower to fill and load sandbags, but we are providing sandbags and sand to anyone in need. Shovels will also be available on site. Sandbags and sand are available at:

• Palominas Fire Station #3, 10202 S. Highway 92 in Hereford,starting Thursday morning, June 30th.

• And at the intersection of Foothills Rd. and Portal Rd. in the Portal area starting on Friday morning, July 1st.

• Materials will be replenished as required for anyone in need.

 

 

Monument Fire Overview: As of June 30, 2011 8:57 AM

NOTE: Due to the slowing activity of the fire, there will only be one update per day unless there is significant activity.

For a Map of the Monument Fire please visit: http://www.geomac.gov/viewer/viewer.shtml

NOTE: All maps will open in a separate window.

Monument Fire Mandatory Evacuation Map for 06/24/2011 (Courtesy of the City of Sierra Vista) - June 24th, 2011 (JPG)

Monument Fire Mandatory Evacuation Map for 06/23/2011 (Courtesy of the City of Sierra Vista) - June 23rd, 2011 (JPG)

Monument Fire Evacuation Map for 06/22/2011 (Courtesy of the City of Sierra Vista) - June 22nd, 2011 (JPG)

Monument Fire Evacuation Map for 6:00 PM on 06/21/2011 (Courtesy of the City of Sierra Vista) - June 21st, 2011 (PDF)

Monument Fire Map 06/20/2011 (Courtesy of the City of Sierra Vista) - June 20th, 2011 (JPG)

Monument Fire Map 06/19/2011 (Courtesy of InciWeb) - June 19th, 2011 (PDF)

Monument Fire Map 06/19/2011 - June 19th, 2011 (PDF)

Monument Fire Map 06/16/2011 (Courtesy of InciWeb) - June 16th, 2011 (PDF)

Monument Fire Map 06/15/2011 - June 15th, 2011 (Jpeg)

Current size: 30,526 acres Containment: 95%

Resources on Fire: There are 231 people assigned to the fire, including 2 crews, 11 engines, and 2 helicopters.

Fire Line Rehabilitation:

BAER teams are assessing burnt areas and identifying and prioritizing areas that need to be rehabilitated. These BAER teams will be in place long after the fire suppression efforts are done. Rehabilitation of the fire lines is nearing completion. Work still needs to be done around residences in the Ramsey Canyon area. The Carr Canyon and Blind Canyon area are being patrolled for any new hot spots. Initial attack crews are on alert to respond to any new fire starts that may occur in the area.

Special Messages: The Northern Arizona Type II Incident Management Team will transition to a Type III Fire Organization on Friday morning when the Sierra Vista Ranger District takes command of the fire. This organization will stay in place until rehabilitation of the fire lines is complete. The fire camp at Valley View Elementary School will be dismantled on Friday. Any questions or concerns about grazing on BLM land after the fires can be directed to Brian Bellew at 520-237-8970.

Significant Events: Crews continue to secure direct, indirect and contingency lines along and adjacent to the fire perimeter. Intial Attack crews are strategically prepositioned and available to respond to any new fire starts that may occur within the Incidnet Management Teams area of responsibility. At Ft. Huachuca crews are patrolling and conducting fuel mitigation efforts west along Garden Caynon Road and elsewhere thoughout the fort. Fire suppression rehabilitation efforts are in full swing and making good progress. Three new starts outside of fire area. Incident personnel staffed two of these new fires.

Growth Potential: Low

Fuels Involved: Timber litter and understory.

Fire Behavior: Most of the fire area is showing little to no fire activity. Rain fell over large portion of the fire area. Any new start expected to exhibit high rates of spread.

Planned Actions: Night operations will focus on patrol and mop-up of hot spots and the retrieval and back haul of equipment from throughout the fire area. Crews will also complete suppression rehab where and when possible.

Fire Incident Command Center Remarks: Transition with VanBruggin's Type II Team is in progress and the transfer of command from Poncin's Northern Rockies Incident Management Team to VanBruggin's Northern Arizona Type II Team will occur ar 0600 on 6/28/11. The area burned by ownership on the Monument Fire is: USFS 15,675; Private 8,211; NPS 4,750; State 480; DOD 1212; BLM 198. The fire has burned a total of 1527 acres within Mexico which are not included in the acres reported in block 15. The entry for block 14 should read; 2 miles south of Sierra Vista, AZ.

 

 

Current Evacuation Information:

The latest from the Cochise County Sheriff's Department: 6/24/2011 3:30 PM

Closures/Evacuations:

As of 6:00 p.m. tonight (6-24) the area west of Calle Metate on Ramsey Canyon Road will be open to residents in that location. Confirming all evacuations and closures will be lifted by 6:00 p.m. tonight.

Advisories:

Highway 92 is Now Open To Through Traffic.

Traffic on Highway 92 from Ramsey Canyon Road South to Palominas will have a 45 mile per hour speed limit strictly enforced.

Motorist are reminded that Highway 92 remains a major thoroughfare for public safety and fire crews.

Structure Damage/Loss:

• 06/23/2011: 62 residences and 4 businesses have been destroyed and 7 residences have been damaged.

• 06/21/2011: The fire has destroyed 61 residences and 4 businesses. The fire has damaged 7 residences and continues to threaten 1,500 residences.

• 06/19/2011: 4 Businesses / 14 residential structures - local residents affected by these losses will be notified by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

• 06/19/2011: The Monument Wildfire has destroyed 44 homes and 18 other structures since it started June 12th.

• Stump Canyon Area, 7 houses lost / 4 outbuildings lost / one vehicle damaged / one historic bldg damaged.

• (40) homes and 10 other structures determined to be damaged or lost in the Ash Canyon area including the listed roads: Ash Canyon Road, Muffin Lane, Deer Trail, Prince Placer, Acorn, Pickett Lane, Twin Oaks, Mountainview, Stoneridge, Turkey Track, East Spring Road, and Brushy Oak.

 

 

KBRP Radio Interviews:

NOTE: All sound files are in MP3 format and will open in a separate window to play with your default media player.

 

June 21st, 2011

The daily 6 PM community meeting at the Buena Performing Arts Center continues to happen.  The meetings are also being carried on Cox cable channel 12 live for the people in Sierra Vista.

6:00 PM – Community Meeting #8 at Buena Performing Arts Center – June 21st, 2011

Northern Rockies Incident Commander Greg Poncin about Tuesday’s work

6:00 PM – Northern Rockies Incident Commander Greg Poncin about Sunday’s work – June 21st, 2011

Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative’s (SSVEC) Chief Member Service Officer Jack Blair about the work SSVEC is doing to restore power to the areas affected by the fire.

6:00 PM – SSVEC’s Chief Member Service Officer Jack Blair – June 21st, 2011

Forest Supervisor of the Umatilla National Forest, U.S. Forest Service, Kevin Martin speaks for the first time at the Community Meeting.

6:00 PM – Forest Supervisor of the Umatilla National Forest, U.S. Forest Service, Kevin Martin – June 21st, 2011

Brief remarks from Sierra Vista Mayor, Rick Mueller.

6:00 PM – Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller – June 21st, 2011

Cochise County Chief Deputy Sheriff, Rod Rothrock, speaks about the best way to get information.

6:00 PM Comments from Cochise County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rod Rothrock – June 21st, 2011

U.S. Army Colonel Tim Faulkner from Fort Huachuca

6:00 PM – U.S. Army Colonel Tim Faulkner from Fort Huachuca – June 21st, 2011

 

 

June 20th, 2011

Linda Barousse, the Southern Arizona Red Cross Coordinator at Bisbee High School speaks with KBRP Station Director, Ryan J. Bruce.

7:27 PM – Southern Arizona Red Cross - Linda Barousse speaks about current relief efforts – June 20th, 2011

American Northern Rockies Level 1 Incident Management Team PIO Terina Mullen provides a morning update to KBRP Station Director, Ryan J. Bruce.

AM Update - Monday, June 20th – Northern Rockies Level 1 Incident Management Team – June 20th, 2011

 

 

June 19th, 2011

Sunday, June 19th, 2011 started out quiet for the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team and the legion of firefighters and hotshot crews that have been assigned the daunting task of taming the Monument Fire.  However, as the day progressed, the winds kicked up and created a blow out in Miller Canyon, which as of Sunday evening was attempting to be held at White Lilly Road.

6:00 PM – Northern Rockies Incident Commander Greg Poncin about Sunday’s work – June 19th, 2011

During the Miller Canyon blow out, there were some fears that another fire had started closer to Bisbee because of the direction and pattern of the smoke.  While this was not the case, the amount of smoke and particulate matter in the air was cause for concern for Bisbee residents. KBRP got a chance on Sunday to speak with Dr. Cara Christ, who is the Chief Medical Officer for the Arizona Division of Public Health about air quality and the preventative measures people can take to stay safe.

5:00 PM – Chief Medical Officer Cara Christ for the Arizona Division of Public Health on air quality during wild fires – June 19th, 2011

The 6 PM community meeting continues to draw hundreds of people even though the presence of the media has dwindled.  The meetings are also being carried on Cox cable channel 12 live for the people in Sierra Vista.  The larger venue at the Buena Performing Arts Center has provided an opportunity for the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team to provide more detailed and accurate maps that show some of what has happened to the affected areas as well as what the Team was expecting over the next two days.

6:00 PM – Community Meeting #6 at Buena Performing Arts Center – June 19th, 2011

7:25 PM – Interview with Incident Commander Greg Poncin about Monday’s strategy for fire containment – June 19th, 2011

Sierra Vista City Manager Chuck Potucek was invited to the dais during the community meeting to speak about the city’s work coordinating informational and assistance efforts.

6:00 PM – Sierra Vista City Manager Chuck Potucek speaks about the City’s shelters and avenues for official information through the Joint Information Center and the City’s website – June 19th, 2011

After the meeting, KBRP was waiting to speak to the Red Cross when a young Sierra Vista community member and shelter volunteer Reyna Hanson approached with a question.  It seemed she was a bit upset about how the City of Sierra Vista was handling relief efforts.  We asked her to speak with us about her concerns.

7:15 PM – Sierra Vista Resident and Buena Shelter Volunteer Reyna Hanson – June 19th, 2011

Once Southern Arizona Red Cross Coordinator Craig Belsford was available to speak, KBRP was able to ascertain the updated shelter and assistance efforts being coordinated by the Red Cross.

7:30 PM – Southern Arizona Red Cross coordinator Craig Brelsford speaks about current relief efforts – June 19th, 2011

 

 

June 18th, 2011

On Saturday, June 18th, the Northern Rockies Incident Management team was expecting a relatively quiet day.  However, at KBRP we started early taking this time to upgrade our servers so that our streaming capacity was improved.  Over the last couple of days, we have hit our bandwidth ceiling and Saturday gave us some time to do this upgrade to accommodate more people. 

At 12 noon, KBRP did a live two-hour special on the Monument Fire, which included interviews with U.S. Army Colonel Tim Faulkner from Fort Huachuca, Arizona State Senator Gail Griffin, Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller, and Governor Jan Brewer’s press conference along with new fire, evacuation, shelter, donation, and volunteer information.

After this broadcast, Station Manager Ryan J. Bruce travelled to Sierra Vista for the evening community meeting and to gather more interviews and footage.  KBRP arrived in time to be present at the U.S. Forest Service’s press conference where Tom Tidwell, U.S. Forest Service Chief, made a brief statement and took questions from the press.  Tidwell has spent 33 years in the Forest Service at a variety of positions including district, regional, and national positions before assuming his position in 2009. KBRP was given the opportunity to ask three questions toward the middle of the recording.

4:30 PM – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell press conference – June 18th, 2011 (full audio)

The above press conference and community meeting moved on Saturday to the larger Buena High School Performing Arts Center as the fire affects more people and media attention grows.  In fact, during Tidwell’s conference the U.S. Forest Service made it clear that this fire had become its first priority.  KBRP was now able to take a direct feed from a press box and record the entire community meeting with new clarity.

6:00 PM – Community Meeting #5 at Buena High School’s Performing Arts Center – June 18th, 2011 (full audio)

As part of the community meeting, Northern Rockies Incident Management Team’s Operations Section Chief Mark Goeller gave the most detailed explanation as to the current conditions of the fire after recently returning from a helicopter survey of the area.

6:15 PM – Presentation by Northern Rockies Incident Management Team’s Operations Section Chief Mark Goeller – June 18th, 2011

After the completion of the community meeting, KBRP was finally able to catch up with Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative’s (SSVEC) Chief Member Service Officer Jack Blair about the work SSVEC is doing to restore power to the areas affected by the fire.  SSVEC distributed a detailed map to community members that outlined power restoration and also had people available for individual consultation. Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative is a non-profit, member-owned distribution cooperative covering parts of Cochise, Graham, Pima and Santa Cruz Counties.

7:15 PM – Interview with SSVEC’s Chief Members Services Officer Jack Blair – June 18th, 2011

KBRP also got another opportunity to speak with Northern Rockies Incident Commander Greg Poncin about what the team was preparing for on Sunday and the challenges they are facing in fighting a fire in 50+ MPH winds.  After two days of improvement that brought the containment to 27%, Poncin was cautiously optimistic and preparing for a difficult day on Sunday.  The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team is in charge of executing the containment plan and operates under the direction of the U.S. Forest Service.

7:25 PM – Interview with Northern Rockies Incident Commander Greg Poncin – June 18, 2011

 

 

June 17th, 2011

Friday, June 17th started off with some grim figures as over 18,000 acres had burned and containment dropped to 15%.  Additionally, a determination had been made that the Monument Fire has been caused by humans in the Coronado National Memorial adjacent to the U.S.- Mexico Border.  The weather forecast had called for another windy day, which did not entirely materialize.

KBRP travelled to Sierra Vista in the morning for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s press conference regarding her Declaration of a State of Emergency.  Signed before the Governor jumped on a plane to survey the Monument and Horseshoe 2 Fires, the Declaration of a State of Emergency makes additional resources available to the county and state to help contain these fires. 

After initially having some trouble gaining entrance to the Governor’s press conference, KBRP was situated in the library of the old Apache Middle School for Governor Brewer’s speech, which was canceled while we waited for reasons that are not entirely clear.  Upon hearing that news of the cancellation, Hereford resident Cynthia Kolb registered her complaint.

11:00 AM – Hereford resident and Monument Fire evacuee Cynthia Kolb – June 17th, 2011

After Ms. Kolb registered her complaint to the waiting news media, it was determined that the Governor would hold a press conference with only news media and state and local officials.

11:20 AM – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s Press Conference – June 17th, 2011 (full audio)

Following the Governor’s brief remarks, Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller made himself available to the news media for an interview.  He was supportive of the Governor’s visit and appreciated the time and effort Ms. Brewer dedicated to visiting with evacuees and declaring a State of Emergency.

11:30 AM – Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller takes questions from the press – June 17th, 2011

After the official events were concluded, KBRP had another opportunity to speak with Hereford resident and Monument Fire evacuee Cynthia Kolb about her concerns about the lack of a central command at the local level to organize and dedicate resources to the people most harmed by the fire’s destruction.

11:40 AM – Hereford resident and Monument Fire evacuee Cynthia Kolb interview – June 17th, 2011   

KBRP’s Station Director Ryan J. Bruce had a chance to catch up with Northern Rockies Level 1 Incident Management Team PIO Terina Mullen after a busy morning about the official news from the fire camp.

2:55 PM – Northern Rockies Level 1 Incident Management Team PIO Terina Mullen Update – June 17th, 2011 

KBRP returned to Sierra Vista in the evening following an afternoon of high fire activity, which included the sparking of another fire near Fort Huachuca from fire line work that was being done in coordination with the Monument incident management response.  The Antelope Fire was quickly contained and residents were able to return to their homes by the evening.  KBRP got an opportunity to talk to Colonel Tim Faulkner from Fort Huachuca to ask him about this specific incident.

7:15 PM – U.S. Army Colonel Tim Faulkner from Fort Huachuca Interview – June 17th, 2011

KBRP also spoke to Arizona State Senator Gail Griffin about the Declaration of a State of Emergency and her recent evacuation from her home in Ramsey Canyon. 

7:25 PM – Arizona State Senator Gail Griffin Interview – June 17th, 2011

Just prior to conducting these interviews, KBRP was in attendance at the fourth Community Meeting being held to provide information to the public regarding the advancement of the fire and the containment work completed.

6:00 PM – Monument Fire Community Meeting #4 – June 17th, 2011 (full audio)

 

 

June 16th, 2011

KBRP started our coverage of the Monument Fire on Thursday, June 16th with a conversation with Terina Mullen, who is the Public Information Officer for the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team.  Since Tuesday morning, the team has been in charge of the Monument Fire.  While Terina was optimistic, she was also aware of the weather conditions that were forecast; however, the night crews were able to get some important fire line work done overnight.

9:30 AM - Interview with Level 1 Incident Management Team PIO Terina Mullen - June 16th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

Later in the afternoon, I was able to reach Terina Mullen again after the Monument Fire Camp had lost power, phone, and Internet service.  We were able to speak briefly about the situation and that the weather had indeed caused much more land to burn especially in Stump Canyon.  At this time, the fire had also jumped Highway 92 where flames were reported to be 30-40 feet high.  At this time, KBRP helped the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team disseminate information about the Community Meeting and additional road closure and evacuation information to the media and public.

4:00 PM - Interview with Level 1 Incident Management Team PIO Terina Mullen - June 16th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

KBRP was present at the 3rd Community Meeting to update folks about the advancement of the fire.  Many official spoke, including Incident Commander Greg Poncin about the results of Thursday’s firestorm.  Many members of the public had questions and concerns about the current advancement of the fire and when they might find out more about the safety of their homes and property.  The entire audio in included here.

6:00 PM - Monument Fire Community Meeting # 3 - June 16th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

After the Community Meeting, KBRP was able to catch up with Cochise County Supervisor Pat Call about the Emergency Declaration that was put into place by Cochise County and sent to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for her approval or modification.  Mr. Call spoke at length about the situation and his hope that this would open additional doors for both the Monument Fire and the Horseshoe 2 Fire.  The Governor declined a previous Horseshoe 2 Emergency Declaration within the last two weeks.

7:00 PM - Interview with Cochise County Board of Supervisors Chairman Pat Call - June 16th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

KBRP was also able to speak with Cochise County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rod Rothrock about the evacuation actions of the Cochise County Sheriff’s office as well as the best way to get information from the Sheriff.  Mr. Rothrock spoke about the need for people to be prepared to evacuate and that the best thing people can do is help cooperate with the law enforcement officials in order for them to complete the sweeps necessary to get all new evacuation areas cleared and secured.

7:15 PM - Interview with Cochise County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rod Rothrock - June 16th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

 

 

June 15th, 2011

Morning Update from Level 1 Incident Management Team PIO Officer Tarina Mullen at 9:00 AM (includes number of acres burned and containment)

9:00 AM - Statement from Level 1 Incident Management Team PIO Terina Mullen - June 15th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

Wednesday, June 15th - Interview with current BLM San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area Official Jim Mahoney and former BLM San Pedro Riparian Area Biologist Jack Whetstone explaining the intricacies of the Level 1 response that is currently happening at the Monument Fire as well as the behavior of wild fires in this region.  Jim and Jack have more than 50 years experience combined with conservation areas and wild fires, which are explored in this interview

11:00 AM - Interview with Jim Mahoney and Jack Whetstone - June 15th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

Interview with Bisbee City Manager Steve Pauken about Bisbee Fireworks ban, the emergency preparedness of Bisbee, and the city resources being used currently at the Monument Fire in Sierra Vista.

1:30 PM - Interview with Bisbee City Manager Steve Pauken - June 15th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

Monument Fire Community Meeting #2 at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center

6:00 PM - Monument Fire Community Meeting #2 - June 15th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

Interview with Craig Brelsford from the Southern Arizona Red Cross about how the Red Cross is assisting as well as ways people can help.

7:30 PM - Interview with Craig Brelsford from the Southern Arizona Red Cross - June 15th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

Interview with Level 1 Incident Management Team Commander Greg Poncin about the successes of Wednesday, June 15th and what the team is up against as they move into Thursday and Friday with an increased wind risk and continued dry conditions.

7:45 PM - Interview with Level 1 Incident Management Team Commander Greg Poncin - June 15th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

Interview with Coronado National Memorial's Superintendent Kym Hall about the condition of the Memorial now that the Monument Fire has destroyed much of the land, but preserved many of the structures and the future of the Memorial with the onset of monsoon season.  Also, Ms. Hall talks about the condition of the Horseshoe 2 fire as she is also the Superintendent at the Chiricahua National Monument.

8:00 PM - Interview with Coronado National Memorial's Superintendent Kym Hall - June 15th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

 

 

June 13th and 14th, 2011

On Monday, June 13th, KBRP Community Radio began to assemble a team of contacts and people that will help us keep you informed about what is happening with the Monument Fire. Tuesday, June 14th was a difficult day for the team that is fighting this blaze as the weather has continued to not cooperate.  As of 6:00 AM on Tuesday, June 14th, the Northern Rockies Level 1 Incident Management Team is in place and is working to help bring resources in from across the country to extinguish this fire.  KBRP was able to speak on Tuesday afternoon to some of the people responsible for supplying the public with information.

3:00 PM Interview with Level 1 Incident Response Team Public Information Officer Terina Mullen - June 14th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

4:30 PM Interview with Cochise County Sheriff Public Information Officer Carol Capas - June 14th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

4:45 PM Interview with Cochise County Clerk of the Board Kaity Howard - June 14th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

After KBRP's 5:00 PM daily half-hour update on Tuesday, June 14th, Station Director Ryan J. Bruce traveled to Sierra Vista for the first public meeting to be held about the Monument Fire.  With over 600 people in attendance, the room at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center was packed.  KBRP was able to record the proceedings for our listeners and make them available below.  This includes an hour and fifteen minutes of audio from the meeting itself along with interviews with Cochise County Emergency Management Director Michael Evans, Sierra Vista City Manager Chuck Potucek as well as statements from Northern Rockies Incident Management Team's Operations Section Chief Mark Goeller, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Deaver, Cochise County Supervisor Patrick Call, Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch, and Coronado Memorial's Superintendent Kym Hall.

6:00 PM - Monument Fire Community Meeting on Tuesday, June 14th in Sierra Vista at Windemere Hotel and Conference Center- June 14th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

7:15 PM - Interview with Cochie County Emergency Management Director Michael Evans - June 14th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

7:30 PM - Interview with Sierra Vista City Manager Chuck Potucek - June 14th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

The statements below are pulled from the 6:00PM - Monument Fire Community Meeting on Tuesday, June 14th at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center in Sierra Vista.  The audio has been pulled individually to make it easier to find what each person said.  Therefore, the audio clips below are only 2-6 minutes in length.

Statement from Northern Rockies Level 1 Incident Management Team's Operations Section Chief Mark Goeller - June 14th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

Statement from Cochise County Sheriff Larry Deaver at Monument Fire Community Meeting - June 14th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

Statement from Cochise County Supervisor Patrick Call at Monument Fire Community Meeting - June 14th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

Statement from Coronado National Forest'S Supervisor Jim Upchurch at the Monument Fire Community Meeting - June 14th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

Statement from Coronado National Memorial's Superintendent Kym Hall at Monument Fire Community Meeting - June 14th, 2011 (mp3 audio)

 

 

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Archive of "KBRP Reports" Monument Fire Information:

"KBRP Reports" Compilation of Official Federal, State of Arizona, and Local Cochise County Information

"KBRP Reports" Compilation of Online News Articles

"KBRP Reports" Compilation of Animal Rescue Information

"KBRP Reports" Compilation of Information for Those in Need of Assistance

"KBRP Reports" Compilation of Shelter Information

"KBRP Reports" Compilation of Fire Lodging Options

"KBRP Reports" Compilation of Volunteer and Donation Information

"KBRP Reports" Compilation of Photographs from KBRPs Dedicated News and Programming Volunteers

"KBRP Reports" Compilation of Monument Fire Informational Phone Numbers

"KBRP Reports" Compilation of Monument Fire Informational Web Links

"KBRP Reports" Compilation of Miscellaneous Fire Information

 

 

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