GLOBE, AZ — The Telegraph Fire, burning near Globe, Arizona, has continued to grow amid dangerous weather and extreme fire conditions. The blaze, which is over almost 166,000 acres in size, has now merged with the inactive Mescal Fire.
During a Monday morning update, Telegraph fire officials acknowledged the chance that the Telegraph Fire could possibly grow toward the Mescal Fire, but that they would likely be able to use the containment lines to their advantage.
JUST IN: the #TelegraphFire is more than 123,000 acres— Nicole Grigg (@NicoleSGrigg) June 15, 2021
More acres burned because of burn out operations and growth to the east towards the Mescal Fire (which is under control)
I’m told the fire was much less intense overnight, but still active 🔥 @abc15 pic.twitter.com/hkYTK90Fp5
On Tuesday morning, ABC15 learned that the Telegraph Fire did in fact merge with the Mescal Fire and the extra containment lines are being used as anticipated.
On Sunday night, firefighters were met with extremely dangerous conditions, but those conditions were slightly better Monday night.
The Mescal Fire is not actively burning where the 🔥merged.— Nicole Grigg (@NicoleSGrigg) June 15, 2021
Fire officials say because of that, they’ll likely not rename the fire.
The good news about the merge, is the burn scars and containment lines will be used to stop the Telegraph 🔥 as it moves on to San Carlos Res. https://t.co/PFnUE2tvb7
The Telegraph Fire is said to be moving to the south and is 72% contained. It reportedly reached the community of El Capitan, but no structures have been lost in the area, ABC15 was told.
Fire officials determined the 72,000-acre Mescal Fire was nearly 90% on Monday. The blaze is not considered active at this time.
LATEST INFORMATION ON TELEGRAPH, MESCAL FIRES
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.
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