Fire Crews Get a Small Hold on Arizona Wildfire

Telegraph Fire is 20% contained

 

In this photo provided by Rusty Bowers, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers walks through the remains of his family’s weekend home on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, that was destroyed by a wildfire the day before. Bowers used the home in the remote mountains as a family retreat and often did his artwork there. (Elijah Cardon/Rusty Bowers via AP)

 

GLOBE, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighters in south-central Arizona have gained a toehold against a massive wildfire that has burned at least five structures and forced thousands of people to evacuate rural towns and shut down several highways.

The so-called Telegraph Fire burning south of Superior in Pinal County and near Miami in Gila County grew to 119 square miles (300 square kilometers) but was 18% contained as of Tuesday night, according to Inciweb, the interagency wildfire site.

See also  Heroism and Escapes from Fire in California Town

InciWeb: Telegraph Fire Updates

The blaze was first reported Friday south of Superior, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Phoenix.

Residents of Globe, Miami and smaller communities have been in various stages of the evacuation process.

The Inciweb report didn’t provide details on that structures burned but Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers confirmed Tuesday that his family’s second home in woods near the Globe-Miami area was lost.

At least 2,500 homes in Gila County have been evacuated, Carl Melford, the county emergency manager, said Tuesday. He estimated that there are twice as many households in the “set” mode with bags packed just in case.

See also  Pilot Killed in Helicopter Crash Near California Wildfire

Meanwhile, Superior residents also remained in “set” mode.

Other fires were southeast of Globe and in northern Arizona northwest of Flagstaff.

All contents © copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

 

Topics

Telegraph Fire is 20% contained     GLOBE, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighters in south-central Arizona have gained a toehold against a massive wildfire that has burned at least five structures and forced thousands of people to evacuate rural towns and shut down several highways. The so-called Telegraph Fire burning south of Superior in Pinal County […]

Get The Wildland Firefighter Newsletter

Related Articles

You’re Always Being Watched

You’re Always Being Watched

Years ago, I was speaking at a national wildland fire conference. My topic dealt with how we prioritize incidents at a regional level in order to appropriately allocate limited resources. When resources are in short supply, someone has to decide which fire gets the...

Wildfire Threat Becomes Tool to Fight Home Builders

Wildfire Threat Becomes Tool to Fight Home Builders

Preston Brown knows the risk of wildfire that comes with living in the rural, chaparral-lined hills of San Diego County. He’s lived there for 21 years and evacuated twice. That’s why he fiercely opposed a plan to build more than 1,100 homes in a fire-prone area he...