Arizona wildfire grows due to burnout operations

VERNON, Ariz. (AP) — Officials say a wildfire in eastern Arizona's White Mountains has grown by about a square mile, but it's due to burnout operations by crews and the flames are not spreading.

Southwest Area Incident Management Team spokesman Bill Morse said Sunday evening that the San Juan Fire has blackened nearly 9 square miles, up from nearly 8 square miles.

He says all the growth is inside perimeter lines that firefighters have built. The burnout operations have been successful at consuming fuels between the perimeter and the main fire on the western edge.

Morse says the blaze is now 5 percent contained and the other edges of the fire are "very secure." He says evacuations of about three dozen summer homes remain in place but there is no imminent danger to those structures.

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