Woodbury Smoke

Smoke from the Woodbury Fire as seen from Apache Junction Thursday.

GLOBE (AP) — Gila County authorities have ordered the residents of the Roosevelt and Roosevelt Lakes area to immediately evacuate because of a wildfire that has grown to nearly 79 square miles.

Thursday evenings evacuation affects about 250 homes east of metro Phoenix.

Authorities say about 200 people have been evacuated.

A temporary shelter facility has been established for community members and small pets at a school in the small town of Miami.

The homes are within a 12-mile radius of Roosevelt Lake, a popular recreation area.

A county spokesman says the wildfire is within seven miles of the homes.

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