June 18th, 2011
09:10 AM ET

Focus turns to cause, impact of Arizona fire near Mexican border

As some eastern Arizona residents began heading home Saturday after a massive wildfire, the attention turned to another blaze on the Mexican border that has burned more than 20,000 acres.

Gordon Van Vleet, a spokesman for the Joint Information Center, said that no cause has been determined for the so-called Monument fire, which has spread across the Huachuca Mountains.

"The cause of the fire is still under investigation," said Van Vleet, adding that authorities likely won't state a cause until the blaze is more under control.

But in a press conference, Sen. John McCain blamed illegal immigrants for starting unspecified fires in that area.

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    i wonder if they will have a bar-b-q when they get back?

    June 18, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Inagadadavida


    Yeah, that's be the first thing I'd do: throw a real old-fashioned hoe-down.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    RuffNutt: I shall smear BBQ sauce on your leg and eat BBQ RuffNutt. $6.50.

    June 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    Of course the right- is- might Mr.McCain blames "illegal aliens" without a shred of proof! It would be funny if it turns out some camping, (protecting the border!) teabags were to blame! I'm also noticing that even though Tx has burned longer, it's not generating nearly as much media attention! Do you suppose Perrys little ,(arrogant) secession threat might have something to do with that??

    June 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sparknut

    So glad delusional McCain is not sitting in the White House!

    June 18, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Border Narcotics

    The U.S.Forest Service law enforcement division issued a statement last week as to the cause of the fire..It was determined that illegal aliens started the fire..As well as a couple of others here in AZ..Our organization has received this information from law enforcement as well..

    June 19, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |

    mccain nailed what happen... aliens can from outter space... landed.. had a bar-b-q and left without making sure the fire was properly put out...


    June 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    What do you suppose ET's eat?
    Wouldn't they melt over the fire?

    In other news, McCain is going senile.....

    June 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Okay you guys cut it out! me
      nickname is et and I do luv m&nims

      June 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Oh, ETs are very evolved. They don't even eat veggies: they live on air.
    They came here to save the cows and prevent volcanic eruptions.

    June 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    We're doomed.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ??

    why can't we send drones to bomb mexican drug cartels houses?

    June 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |