The San Juan Fire is 5% contained on the south end of the fire.
Growth on the fire today is attributed to burnout operations conducted on the west side of the fire. The purpose is to reduce the amount of fuel between fire lines and the main body of the fire. These burnout operations will continue through Monday and may result in increased smoke production and visible flames.
Incident Commander Matt Reidy said, “We are reinforcing the fire lines on the west side of the fire with a burnout operation along dozer lines created in the previous days.” Smoke may collect overnight and in the early morning in low lying areas between Vernon and Springerville.
A public meeting will be held at the Vernon Fire Station at 6:00 p.m. on Monday night. Fire managers as well as representatives from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (NFs), Bureau of Indian Affairs and the White Mountain Apache Tribe will be present to provide an update on the fire and to answer questions from the public.
Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for the subdivisions of Red Cabin Ranch, Whiting Homestead, Carlock Ranch south of Buckelew Springs and Forest Service Road 61 and 2. Pre-evacuation notices have been issued for the area of Greens Peak Hideaway. A reception center has been established by the
American Red Cross at the Round Valley Middle School in Eager, Ariz. Evacuees are asked to call 928-333-3412 to tell of their location.
A closure has been put in place by the Apache-Sitgreaves NFs. Road blocks are in place at
Forest Service Road 271B, County Road 3140 at Carlock Ranch, Forest Road 267 at Forest Road 224, Forest Road 117 and Forest Road 96, and County Road 3140 at County Road 3261.
A closure is also in place for part of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Details are available on Inciweb and Facebook. Additional information regarding the San Juan Fire can be found at www.311info.net or by calling 311 or 928-333-3412.
San Juan Fire summary:
- Date: June 26 at 11:45 p.m.
- Acres: 5,700
- Location: 18 miles southeast of Show Low, Ariz.
- Cause: Human, under investigation
- Containment: 5%
- Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
- Terrain: Variable Resources: 5 helicopters, 6 hotshot crews, 7 hand crews, 31 engines, 4 dozers, 11 water tenders
- Total Personnel: 679