Telegraph and Mescal Fires in Southern Arizona

Telegraph Fire


Current information as of 6/7/2021, 9:07:23 PM
Incident Type:  Wildfire
Cause:  Human-under Investigation
Date of Origin: Friday June 04th, 2021 approx. 01:30 PM
Location:  Less than 1 mile from Top-of-the-World, Arizona

Total Personnel : 297
Size: 61,211 Acres
Estimated Containment Date:  Sunday June 20th, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved: Short Grass (1 foot) Chaparral (6 feet) Brush (2 feet)

The Telegraph Fire on the Globe Ranger District is less than 1 mile from Top-of-the-World and currently estimated at 61,211 acres. Extreme fire activity burning in mostly shrub and grass, has warranted numerous evacuation status alerts. Firefighters are protecting values in Top of the World, and has a goal of keeping the fire south of U.S. 60 and protecting public and private property, firefighter and public safety and as the fire threatens it. It is a fast moving and dynamic fire.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at High Desert Middle School in Globe and at Skyline High School in Mesa. Large animal sheltering is currently available at the Birch Stockyard at 2822 N Hwy 188 in Globe and the Apache Junction Rodeo grounds. Please follow Pinal County Sherriff’s Office for evacuation updates at

The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team (Bales) assumed responsibility of the Telegraph Fire early Sunday morning and additional resources continue to be assigned to the fire. An increase in fire personnel and fire traffic will be noticeable in the area.

Poor overnight humidity recovery allowed fire to remain active until 2 am with steady surface growth primarily to the northeast.

The overnight inversion dispersed after  9 am and fire behavior began increasing slowly thereafter as winds began to increase out of the south and southwest.

Around noon, the fire had backed down the northern aspect of a ridge on the eastern flank of the fire and hooked north.

This fire accelerated up the southeastern aspect after a slope reversal, became exposed to southerly wind, and began a sustained run to the west back towards the main fire.

Additionally, torching brush adjacent to Hwy 60 lofted embers across the highway and ignited a fire north of Pinal Creek Bridge south of Miami.

The fire was reported around 1:30 pm Friday, June 4; its cause is under investigation.

Mescal Fire

Crews are working to prevent Mescal Fire from crossing US Highway 70

Acres: 52,887 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 8%
Total personnel: 672
Start Date: Monday, June 2, 2021
Location: 12 mi SE of Globe, AZ; 7 mi NE of Dripping Springs, AZ
Fuels: Desert Brush, Oak, and grass

Firefighters made progress today building and reinforcing the fire line, despite the continued hot and dry weather. Extreme fire behavior continues to dictate how and where firefighters can safely build line to protect the communities, and powerline.  The fire is very visible at night as it moves down the north side of Hog Mountain.  Firefighters have plans in place to prevent the fire from reaching Highway 70.

Fire Update: Extreme fire activity occurred again on Sunday and can be expected to continue.  Firefighters have been reinforcing line along Route 3 down to the Gila River to protect the Soda Canyon Community. Crews also worked along the 624 Road out to Highway 70 and have begun to burn along the Highway moving west toward Cutter in an effort to prevent the fire from crossing the Highway. Fire is slowly backing down the ridge toward Mescal Ranch, and firefighters are prepared to prevent the fire from reaching the structures on the private property. Crews worked on the 700 Road as well as the 735 Road near El Capitan to prevent fire from moving west toward the structures on the east side of Highway 77. Firefighters will also be working to hold the 700 Road north of 732 Road to prevent the fire from moving back toward the west. Air tankers and helicopters are being utilized extensively to support firefighters on the ground as needed. Crews are still protecting the powerline.

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