Meeting tonight at 6 p.m.
A fire information meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at the Buena Performing Arts Center, 5225 Buena High School Blvd. Residents will be updated on include current fire conditions and evacuations.
Fort Huachuca can expect to see a large increase in wildlife due to the Monument Fire, according to the fort's Facebook page. Call 533-3000 to report sightings of mountain lions, bears and other wildlife.
The fort also says people should be very cautious when driving due to the increase in wildlife. Never feed or give water to wildlife, as that encourages them to stay nearby.
The Coronado National Forest is closed to all visitors. Those traveling along Highway 92 should be aware of the increased fire traffic and possible closures. All evacuation orders remain in place.
Dollar Rent a Car in Sierra Vista is offering a free shuttle service to and from any shelter for supply runs. Call 227-0523 or 249-4342.
Evacuees can park any type of vehicle for free at Lawley Collision Center, 3200 E. Fry Blvd, Sierra Vista. 1-612-382-0978.
For evacuation information call Cochise County Sheriff’s Office at 520-432-9500.
Finding a place to stay
Skyline Baptist Church, 2860 W. Skyline Road in Benson (Exit 299), is offering free shelter for evacuees. The church has restrooms, a kitchen and more. People are welcome to bring food and blankets, but if you need either, call the church at 520-686-1639 to make arrangements.
The Doubletree by Hilton - Reid Park is offering a discounted rate of $75 per night, plus tax, for evacuees. (445 South Alvernon Way, 520-881-4200)
Hilton Tucson East, is offering a Weekend Executive Special of $69 a night, including continental breakfast and an evening manager’s reception. To book, ask for package code P6. (7600 E. Broadway, 520-721-5600)
Holiday Inn Express is offering a rate of $72 plus tax per night with valid ID showing proof of residence in the Sierra Vista area. (1564 W. Grant Road, 520-624-3200)
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is offering a rate of $79 plus tax through June 26 with valid ID showing proof of residence in the Sierra Vista area. (7000 N. Resort Drive, 520-299-2020)
4 Paws Inn is taking in any type of domestic pet for all evacuees for free. (4066 E. Monsanto Road, Suite D, Sierra Vista, 378-7176)
A new page on Facebook called Monument Fire Pets was created to help reunite pets and their owners. People who have rescued pets displaced due to the fire are posting information and photos on the animals so their owners can claim them.
Sierra Vista Riding Club, 575 Giulio Cesare Ave., is providing free shelter for horses and miniature horses. They will pick them up if owners can’t transport the animals. 266-0793.
Qwest customers forced from their homes by wildfire can activate Emergency Call Forwarding for one month free of charge.
The service lets customers receive their home or business phone calls on an alternative number. Calls can be forwarded to a wireless phone or a temporary location for 30 days - free of charge.
Customers wanting to activate this service should call the Qwest/CenturyLink Repair Center and identify themselves as a customer affected by the wildfires:
* Residential Customers: 1-800-573-1311
* Small Business Customers: 1-800-954-1211
* Large Business Customers: 1-800-223-7508
The repair center is open around the clock.
Mental health counseling
The Red Cross is providing counseling at evacuation shelters for families who have lost their homes to the Monument Fire or who have been evacuated from their homes as the fire spreads.
Child care help
The Arizona Department of Economic Security has people at the three Monument Fire shelters in Sierra Vista and Bisbee to provide information and to help with child care, said spokesman Steve Meissner.
Replacing lost government documents
The office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will offer help next week at temporary mobile offices in Southern Arizona. Locations will be announced soon.
Representatives can help with:
· Replacing lost or damaged Social Security cards;
· Working with the Veterans Benefits Administration to ensure continuity of disability payments;
· Replacing lost or damaged passports;
· Addressing the disruption of services from programs such as Social Security, Medicare, U.S. Postal Service and other federal agencies.
· Working with U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to coordinate post-fire habitat and watershed restoration assistance;
· Working with U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to coordinate assistance for lost livestock and damaged forage;
· Replacing lost or damaged military medals, ribbons, and/or other citations;
· Addressing other concerns relating to the wildfires and more.
If you need assistance from any federal agency, call Giffords’ Tucson office at 520-881-3588 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email GiffordsFireHelp@mail.house.gov. That address will be checked outside of normal business hours.
How to help
Private donations of food and furniture are being announced on the Monument Fire Az Facebook page. The page has also had info about relief funds that been set up, and individuals that are opening their home to evacuees.