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Telegraph Fire rages on near Globe, Arizona, merges with Mescal Fire lines

Telegraph Fire
Posted at 9:53 AM, Jun 15, 2021

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.

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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.

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 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.


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