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Evacuation order lifted for residents displaced by wildfire

Posted: 12:58 PM, Jun 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-25 16:52:13-04

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) - Gila County authorities have lifted the evacuation order for all Roosevelt area residents displaced last week by a human-caused wildfire burning in the Superstition Mountains.

County Sheriff J. Adam Shephard made the announcement around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire now is 48% contained after charring 180 square miles.

County authorities ordered about 200 residents of Roosevelt and Roosevelt Lake to evacuate last Thursday.

But firefighters have managed to keep the blaze from jumping across State Route 188 and that highway has been reopened from Globe to Payson.

No homes have been damaged since the fire was spotted June 8 about 5 miles (8 kilometers) northwest of Superior, a mining town of fewer than 3,000 residents located 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of Phoenix.