The remaining residents still evacuated from their homes south of Sierra Vista because of the Monument Fire were allowed back Friday evening, authorities said.

Thousands of people endured hectic evacuations in the last two weeks due to the rapid spread of the fire, which destroyed or damaged at least 65 homes and businesses.

The final evacuations still in place were lifted at 6 p.m. Friday, authorities said. All of Arizona 92 has been reopened.

Firefighters continue to conduct controlled burns, maintain fire lines and patrol for hot spots in the fire, which has consumed more than 29,700 acres.

The fire was 64 percent contained, but exceptionally dry weather means fire conditions remain extreme, according to the incident management team.

A controlled burn was completed in the areas west of the evacuated neighborhoods to strengthen control lines in the area of Carr Canyon and Garden Canyon roads.

Fire personnel, who number 1,179, continued Friday to construct, reinforce and secure the fire line between Garden Canyon and the fire. Hotshot crews, with air support, will continue constructing lines to keep the fire from spreading north into Ramsey Canyon.

Seven helicopters, two heavy air tankers and 92 engines are providing support for the 27 crews fighting the blaze, which started June 12.

Weather conditions are expected to mirror this week’s with high temperatures and low humidity.

Residents can expect fire activity in isolated locations, with mixed smoldering and low-intensity surface fire. More active fire may occur in the upper reaches of drainages and along the watershed divide.

For more updates, call the Joint Information Center: 1-800-288-3861.

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at or 573-4115.