San Juan Fire continues to blaze; nearly 8 square miles burned

VERNON, AZ - Winds pushed the San Juan Fire over containment lines overnight, but the fire southeast of Show Low remains about 5,000 acres.

According to an update from Southwest Area Incident Management Team, the blaze is being fought by air and ground with a combination of aircraft dropping fire retardant, fire engines, hotshot crews and other machinery.

ABC15's Pete Suratos says there has been approximately 11,000 pounds of flame retardant dropped on the fire that has burned eight square miles.

Winds reached around 30 to 40 miles per hour Friday and overnight, making it difficult to keep the fire from crossing containment lines and creating tall plumes of smoke. 

Evacuations remain in effect for Red Cabin Ranch, Whiting Homestead, Carlock Ranch and Forest Service Road 61 and 2, a media release states.

Ninety structures are reportedly threatened and the fire is still zero percent contained.

The fire is believed to be human caused, started somewhere at the south end of the burned area.

 

 

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