Wildfire Keeps Several Rural Arizona Communities Evacuated

The Telegraph Fire has burned nearly 140,000 acres


Telegraph information map, June 15, 2021. (InciWeb)


SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — Several rural communities in south-central Arizona remain in evacuation mode because of a wildfire, one of several that have been burning around the state for over a week.

Fire officials said Tuesday that it’s still not safe for residents from across roughly 60 households in El Capitan, Dripping Springs and other nearby communities to go home.

The blaze grew overnight on the west, north and southeast fronts, according to the fire incident management team. More than 1,000 firefighters have focused on protecting structures and maintaining containment lines.

The Telegraph Fire, south of Superior, is 68% contained. It has now scorched more than 192 square miles (497 square kilometers) and burned more than 20 structures. It was first reported June 4 and is believed to have been human caused.

InciWeb: Telegraph Fire Updates

Meanwhile, up north near Cornville, a lower-tier fire incident management team has taken over suppression efforts of a fire that started Sunday. Fire officials say a lot of the fire activity has been slowed or stopped.

The fire has burned roughly 2 square miles (5 square kilometers) and has not achieved any containment. Most of it has been away from homes and populated areas.

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