Arizona wildfire passes lines; shelter opens

San Juan Fire near Vernon AZ
A helicopter battles the blaze with lake water as smoke rises from the trees of the San Juan fire near Vernon, Az., on Friday, June 27, 2014. Authorities say communities mostly populated with summer homes are under mandatory evacuation orders as of Thursday evening due to the growing wildfire. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen)

VERNON, Ariz. (AP) – Emergency crews have set up a shelter for evacuees of a wildfire in northeastern Arizona’s White Mountains that has charred more than 8 square miles.

The Red Cross announced Saturday it has opened a temporary shelter. Authorities say 90 structures in three communities could be threatened by the blaze.

Windy conditions pushed the San Juan fire past key containment lines Friday.

But crews hope lighter winds on Saturday will spur progress and help with containment.

There have been no reported injuries. The fire is about 135 miles east of Phoenix, near the New Mexico line.

A Type II incident management team, the second-highest level available, took charge of the fire Friday because of the continuous sources of fuel ahead. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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