Evacuees from wildfire in Arizona's White Mountains to return home today



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A wind-whipped wildfire in northeastern Arizona's White Mountains has charred more than 3 square miles by Thursday evening, authorities said. (June 27)

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Smoke billows into the sky from burn out activities in an effort to control the San Juan Fire Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Vernon, Ariz. The wildfire that has charred nearly 8 square miles in eastern Arizona's White Mountains held steady Saturday, though the human-caused blaze has not been brought under control at all, officials said. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES


A sign, thanking firefighters is posted along the road near the San Juan Fire Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Vernon, Ariz. The wildfire that has charred nearly 8 square miles in eastern Arizona's White Mountains held steady Saturday, though the human-caused blaze has not been brought under control at all, officials said. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES


Smoke billows into the sky from burn out activities in an effort to control the San Juan Fire Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Vernon, Ariz. The wildfire that has charred nearly 8 square miles in eastern Arizona's White Mountains held steady Saturday, though the human-caused blaze has not been brought under control at all, officials said. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES


Emma Howard and Chad Basan listen during a community meeting about the San Juan Fire Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Fire Station 1, in Vernon, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)


Vernon Fire District Chief Dave Niehuis talks with Kathy Hoogerwerf during a community meeting about the San Juan Fire Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Fire Station 1, in Vernon, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)


SHOW LOW, Arizona — Officials say evacuees from a wildfire in Arizona's eastern White Mountains will be able to return home Thursday.

Fire commander Matt Reidy says the evacuation order for the communities of Red Cabin Ranch, Whiting Homestead and Carlock Ranch will be lifted at 8 a.m.

There are about three dozen summer homes in those areas.

The San Juan Fire located 18 miles southeast of Show Low has grown so but so has its containment.

Fire officials said Wednesday that the fire expanded to nearly 11 square miles, while containment was at 15 percent, up from 5 percent.

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.

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