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Wondering what's causing hazy skies? Smoke from Telegraph Fire blanketing the Valley

Posted at 3:40 PM, Jun 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-15 21:24:12-04

MESA, AZ — Hazy skies continue to linger across most of the Phoenix area Tuesday, a result of the Telegraph Fire, which continues to burn east of the Valley.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality says air quality at the ground level shouldn’t be impacted, however, we are already under a High Pollution Advisory across the Valley.

The one nice side effect? The cloud cover could help to keep our temperatures a little lower than originally forecasted for the day.

The Telegraph Fire burning near Superior now sits at 139,615 acres and is 59% contained as of Tuesday evening.

For the latest updates on the Telegraph Fire, click here.


Telegraph Fire:

Size: 180,685 acres

Containment: 67% contained

Evacuations: GO: El Capitan (east and west), Dripping Springs, Wind Spirit, Hagen Ranch, Slash S Ranch, Government Springs. SET: Bellevue, Beverly Hills, Six Shooter, Icehouse. READY: Top-of-the-World, Oak Flat, Superior, Globe, Miami, Claypool, Central Heights, Pinto/Carlotta, Skill Center, Fairgrounds, Schultz Ranch, Battle Axe, Ray Mine, Riverside, Kearny, Winkleman and Hayden.


Mescal Fire:

Size: 72,250 acres (no longer considered an active fire)

Containment: 88% contained

Evacuations: GO: None. SET: Skill Center, Beverly Hills, T11 Ranch, Lower Peridot, South Peridot. READY: San Carlos, Coyote Flats/San Carlos High School area