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.. 10 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010 Horseshoe Fire burn 1,600 acres in Chiricahua Wilderness -~" A fire in the Chircahua Wil- derness, located five miles south of-Portal, has consumed 1,600 acres as of June 1, 2010. The fire has been named the Horse- ~Sgn0 e Fire. "~ The Coronado National Forest fire began on May 26 a.nd is suspected to have been started by illegal a~iens in the area. There re currently .801 men and women battling the flames, including four helicop- ters, 27 engines and 8 water ten- tiers. The total cost to fight the fire as of June 1 was i2,682,072. There have been t-hree injuries to those fighting the fire. _ - The fire has caused the clo- sure of Cave Creek Road from the Forest Boundary southwest of Portal to the northwest junc- tion of Portal/Paradise Road. The Portal/Paradise Road re- mains open. The general control objec- fives for the incident seek to bal- ance the safety of firefighters and residents, the protection of natural and cultural values within the Chiricahua Wilder- ness, and the costs associated with managing the incident for a high probability for success. As of Tuesday, crews were continuing to construct indirect control lines west and northwest of the fire with helicopter sup- port as needed. Fire crews estimate the Horseshoe Fire will be con- tained by June 15. Above and below, the Incident Command Post is located next to the Chiricahua Desert Museum in Rodeo. Photo courtsy BOB ASHLEWRodeo The Horseshoe Fire just after dark. Photo by STEVE CULLENIRodeo Above, a Sky crane sucks up thousands of gallons of water in about 10 seconds to drop on fire. Each round trip picking up water takes about 7 minutes. Photos courtesy Bill Cavaliere & Tadd Powers epresent; II woulq like to ank ',our suppor n El recla inue sen Ill II NM State Representative district 39--Democrat Paid for by the Committee to Re-Elect Rep. Rudy Martinez