San Juan Wildfire Passes Containment Lines, But Size Holds Overnight

June 28, 2014

VERNON, Ariz. — Emergency crews have set up a shelter for evacuees of a wildfire in northeastern Arizona's White Mountains that has charred more than 8 square miles.

The Red Cross announced Saturday it has opened a temporary shelter. Authorities say 90 structures in three communities could be threatened by the blaze.

Windy conditions pushed the San Juan fire past key containment lines Friday.

But crews hope lighter winds on Saturday will spur progress and help with containment.

There have been no reported injuries. The fire is about 135 miles east of Phoenix, near the New Mexico line.

A Type II incident management team, the second-highest level available, took charge of the fire Friday because of the continuous sources of fuel ahead.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is believed to be caused by humans.

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