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Officials: Shipman Fire near Kearny 47 percent contained

Smoke from the Shipman Fire is shown. (Photo: Angel Pitner via @ArizonaNewsnet)

PHOENIX -- A fire burning about 70 miles southeast of Phoenix has charred over 500 acres and has destroyed one home so far.

The Shipman Fire has been burning for almost three days, but is now 47 percent contained as of Wednesday night.

Residents near Kearney were evacuated Monday after a wildfire moved close to their homes but about 100 of the 200 homes have been cleared for re-occupancy.

Twenty more homes were evacuated due to the size of the fire.

No injuries have been reported, but at least three structures have burned, with one home being destroyed.

According to Pinal County officials, the Shipman Fire may have been sparked near the San Pedro River.

Jonetta Trued of the Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team said they have a full line of resources battling the fire.

Trued also said she remains optimistic the fire won't spread and that people could soon return to their homes.

The American Red Cross also said 25 people stayed Monday night in a shelter set up in an elementary school in Kearny.

Steve Henry, chief deputy with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, said the wildfire began burning through salt cedar trees along the river bed and sending embers floating into Kearney.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials closed five miles of State Route 177 near Kearny for a time but that was reopened at 11:30 p.m. on Monday.

Kearny is located east of Florence, Ariz., and south of Globe, Ariz.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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