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Containment of Arizona wildfire reaches 15 percent

Campers evacuate a popular White Mountains camping area between Show Low and Springerville, Ariz., Thursday, June 26, 2014, as a wildfire continued to burn in the area. The San Juan Fire began to pick up again Friday morning prompting new evacuations in the small mountain communities, according to a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. (AP Photo/White Mountain Independent, Karen Warnick)

SHOW LOW, Ariz. -- A wildfire in eastern Arizona's White Mountains continues to grow in size but so does its containment.

Fire officials said the San Juan Fire located 18 miles southeast of Show Low grew to nearly 11 square miles by Tuesday night, up from 10 square miles earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, containment of the fire is 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.

Nearly 700 personnel are assigned to the fire, which is burning on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

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