San Juan Fire 15 Percent Contained
Fire officials said 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. The fire continues to grow in size, but so does its containment.
Crews battling wildfire between Show Low and Springerville said they have the blaze about 15 percent contained. Nearly 700 people are working to bring the human-caused blaze under control. Burnout operations have been completed and mop-up operations have begun on the north and east sides of the fire. Still, fire spokeswoman Liza Simmons said the communities that have been evacuated will have to wait a little longer to return home.
“When they feel like you know most of the danger has passed and those communities are gonna be okay to return, that’s when they’ll make that decision together with local cooperators,” Simmons said.
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.
The fire has grown to 6,975 acres, with authorities expecting to have full containment by late tomorrow morning.