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Firefighters continue to battle Marshall Mountain Fire east of Show Low

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Posted at 8:16 PM, May 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-31 19:24:34-04

VERNON, AZ — A small number of residents in the Vernon, Arizona area who were put on a "set" status have been downgraded to a "ready" evacuation status as a wildfire burns on Marshall Mountain.

According to the Vernon Fire Department Chief, a total of five residents were originally put on a "set" status Monday night.

The mountain sits west of Vernon, Arizona, and about 14 miles east of Show Low.

The Apache Sitgreaves National Forests say the fire is estimated to be about 24 acres in size as of Tuesday, about half of the size it was originally thought to be.

Apache County Emergency Management and Preparedness said around 7 p.m. Monday that some residents in the Vernon area were on a "set" evacuation status, meaning sheriff's deputies and volunteers would be notifying residents of the fire and asking them to be ready to evacuate if given instructions in the coming hours and days. That was downgraded to "ready" status by Tuesday.

The fire is about 80% contained.

It's unclear what started the fire.