The Monument Fire burned 32,053 acres and destroying 84 homes, business and other structures south of Sierra Vista. It will take decades for the forest and other vegetation to recover.
According to photographic and other evidence I gathered at the time of the fire, it was clear that the fire started in Mexico.
Right after the fire started I spoke with a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was on duty on the border near where the fire started and he told me it started in Mexico, (Sierra Vista Herald)
Not only that, a KVOA TV animation showed clearly where the fire started.
Now the U.S. Forest Service is reporting that the fire started 180 yards north of the border and burned into Mexico. (Arizona Daily Star)
I am totally dumbfounded. For this fire to have started north of the border, it would have to have burned downhill against a stiff wind - and a USBP agent would have to have had a serious case of visual disorientation.
Any reasonable person looking at the evidence would have to conclude that the U.S. Forest Service is lying.
I have known for years that the federal government lies about what is going on at the border. ABP's Operation BEEF proved that.
But calling a small vehicle barrier that a person can step over - a fence - is one thing; but to say that the laws of physics were violated during the Monument Fire is another.
I urge the Romney administration to investigate this outrage - just as soon as it takes office early next year. Related:Double Whammy - Town that lost water to fire is threatened by feds.