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Evacuations imposed in northeastern Arizona fire

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VERNON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say residents in several communities near a wind-whipped wildfire in northeastern Arizona's White Mountains have been ordered to evacuate.

Apache County officials say the areas of Red Cabin Ranch, Greens Peak Hideaway and the Whiting Homestead were given mandatory evacuation orders Thursday night.

Officials did not say how many residents were affected.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter for evacuees at a middle school in Eager but nobody was there Thursday night.

Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter spokesman Todd Tamcsin says the evacuated areas are primarily comprised of second homes.

The San Juan Fire has charred more than 3 square miles.

It was first reported around noon Thursday southeast of the small community of Vernon, which is halfway between Springerville and Show Low.

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