Southern Arizona residents watch as smoke pours from the Monument Fire.
Photographer: Guy Atchley
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SIERRA VISTA, AZ - Authorities say the devastating Monument Fire burning near Sierra Vista is 40 percent contained after burning across 27,190 acres in southern Arizona.
The Cochise County Sheriff's Office says four businesses and 14 homes were destroyed when winds pushed the wildfire south of Sierra Vista into neighborhoods.
According to a Tuesday morning report, weather is predicted to be favorable over the next few days to allow firefighters to "herd" the fire with a low intensity backing fire that will minimize damage to wildlife habitat, and push the fire into the direction they want.
Some evacuations have been lifted and officials warn of increased traffic in the area of the fire.
The human-caused wildfire has burned across 42 square miles since it started June 12.
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