Arizona wildfire doesn't grow; evacuations remain

VERNON, Ariz. (AP) - Fire officials say a fire that's charred nearly 8 square miles in eastern Arizona's White Mountains has held steady, though the human-caused blaze has not been brought under control at all.

Southwest Area Incident Management Team spokesman Bill Morse said Saturday evening that the fire has not grown and crews have made headway with burnout operations and retardant drops as winds that have whipped the blaze in recent days slowed.

A total of 37 summer homes in the Red Cabin Ranch, Carlock Ranch and Whiting homestead areas remained evacuated as a precaution, and authorities said up to 90 structures in three communities could be threatened by the fire. Those structures include homes, barns and sheds.

Morse revised estimates of how many people were evacuated, saying 25 left the area.


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