San Juan Fire update: Evacuation orders lifted Thursday, fire 70 percent contained

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 70 percent, up from 15 percent earlier.
 
Fire officials also announced Wednesday evening that evacuation orders would be lifted at 8 a.m. Thursday. This includes the areas of Red Cabin Ranch, Whiting Homestead and Carlock Ranch
 
It also includes the pre-evacuation noticed for Greens Peak Hideaway and Hidden Meadows, said Incident Commander Matt Reidy.
   
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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