Containment of Arizona wildfire reaches 15 percent

Containment of Arizona wildfire reaches 15 percent

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Smoke billows into the sky from burn out activities in an effort to control the San Juan Fire Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Vernon, Ariz. The wildfire that has charred nearly 8 square miles in eastern Arizona's White Mountains held steady Saturday, though the human-caused blaze has not been brought under control at all, officials said. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 4:05 PM

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (AP) -- A wildfire in eastern Arizona's White Mountains continues to grow in size but so does its containment.

Fire officials say the San Juan Fire located 18 miles southeast of Show Low grew to nearly 11 square miles by Tuesday night, up from 10 square miles earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, containment of the fire is at 15 percent, up from 5 percent.

Firefighters have completed burnout operations to deprive the fire of fuel and to keep it from spreading outside the planned containment lines. They continue to mop up all areas of the fire.

Nearly 700 personnel are assigned to the fire, which is burning on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

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