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UPDATE: Telegraph Fire grows to 139,615 acres; SR 77 closed between US 70 and Winkelman

Crews from the Arizona Fire and Medical Authority work on the Telegraph Fire on Tuesday, June 8.
Crews from the Arizona Fire and Medical Authority work on the Telegraph Fire on Tuesday, June 8.(Arizona Fire and Medical Authority)
Published: Jun. 5, 2021 at 2:25 PM MST|Updated: 22 hours ago
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Two fires burning north of Tucson have scorched more than 200,000 acres as of Tuesday, June 15.

The human-caused Telegraph Fire on the Globe Ranger District has burned 139,615 acres with 59% containment. It sparked south of Superior and has burned to the northeast toward Globe.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office recommended “GO” evacuation status for the El Capitan area southeast of Globe on Monday, June 14. This recommendation includes both the east and west sides of SR 77.

With the fire continuing to spread, the Dripping Springs and Beverly Hills area are also under “GO” evacuation status.

SR 77 is closed between US 70 and SR 177 in Winkelman. There is no estimated time to reopen the road.

At least five structures have been lost.

More than 1,000 personnel are battling the blaze, including crews from the Northwest Fire, Green Valley and Rincon Valley fire districts.

The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. on June 4.

Meanwhile to the east, the Mescal Fire, first reported on June 1, is burning southeast of Globe. It has burned more than 72,250 acres and is 88% contained as of Monday afternoon.

The cause of the Mescal Fire remains under investigation. 285 personnel are assigned to the fire in southern Gila County.

No evacuations are in place for the Mescal Fire.

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