San Juan Fire Explodes to 2,000 Acres in Northeast AZ (VIDEO)

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"Twelve structures are threatened by a fast-growing wildfire on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation west of Cerro Gordo.

The San Juan Fire was reported just before 12 p.m. Thursday and within a matter of hours, the fire grew from an initial 100 acres to 2,000 acres by 5 p.m., according to officials with Apache Sitgreaves National Forest.   

Areas on pre-evacuation notice are Whiting Homestead, Red Cabin Ranch and Greenspeak Hideaway.

'The San Juan Fire is heading northeasterly into an area where the White Mountain Stewardship Project has been thinning and that will definitely help slow down any fire activity,' Apache-Sitgreaves Nationals Forest Supervisor Jim Zornes said.

Forest Service Road 117 is closed for public access. The public is advised to look for fire personnel and vehicles entering off highways U.S. 60 and Arizona State 260.

According to the White Mountain Independent, between 200 to 300 Boy Scouts from Gilbert were in the White Mountains when the fire started.

Matthew Wright was with the group and an additional 100 adults and chaperones who were camping in the area. A group of them split off and headed for a ridge at about 9,000 feet and noticed the smoke. They then went back to base camp and told the others it was time to go."

  Above: Credit - Eric Nietzel

Above: Credit - Eric Nietzel